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Dec 13 attack at ISI’s behest: Afzal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 21
Mohammad Afzal, co-ordinator of the Jaish-e-Mohammad in Delhi and the main suspect in the December 13 terrorist attack on Parliament House, is understood to have revealed that the attack was carried out at the behest of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

During his sustained interrogation by a joint team of the Delhi Police and intelligence officials, Afzal disclosed that Pakistan had been supplying a huge quantity of arms and ammunition and organised many training camps for the youth in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in preparing them as human bombs.

He said all terrorists (involved in the attacks) had come to Delhi and conducted recce at many important places in the capital like Chanakayapuri housing the embassies, the Delhi Vidhan Sabha and the IG airport but finally decided to attack Parliament with the intent of killing the maximum number of MPs or ministers or taking hostage senior Central ministers and parliamentarians.

Even as Afzal spoke of the direct involvement of Pakistan’s ISI the terrorist attack on Parliament House, the Delhi police tightened security in all nine districts of the national Capital including vital installations.

Prohibitory orders have been issued and in market areas shop keepers were questioned and all vehicles subjected to intense checking. Taking out processions or holding public meetings, carrying fire arms, banners, placards and picketing have been banned in and around the Central Government office complex in the heart of the metropolis.

Officials of the special cell are examining vital clues from the seized laptop as links of terrorists in India and abroad are believed to be stored in the form of encrypted messages.

Afzal told the interrogators that Ghazi Baba had motivated all of them to do something sensational as a means of “proving ourselves by this attack.”

Afzal said Baba asked Mohammad to draw a plan of Delhi and line up his targets and later gave the green signal for attacking Parliament House. “This is just the beginning,” he is reported to have said. “Our efforts to destroy many other things in India will continue”, he disclosed, adding that there was a competition among the fidayeen who should sacrifice his life first by indulging in such sinister attacks.

“On the day of the attack (December 13), I received calls twice from Mohammad asking for information about the presence of politicians inside Parliament but due to power failure at our hide-out I could not provide him with sufficient information. When power was restored I was ready with information but the attack had already begun,” he said.

“During the meetings we had discussed that once we were inside the precincts of Parliament anything could happen and escaping from there would not be easy” he confessed. That was the reason they carried dry fruits in case they were compelled to remain holed up in Parliament for a few days. About his close links with supreme commander Ghazi Baba, Afzal said he was the one who motivated him to become a fanatic. “The job was entrusted to me because he had total confidence in me”.

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