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Pak backed 26/11 attack: PC
Ajay Banerjee & Shaurya Karanbir Gurung
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 27
India today, yet again, accused Pakistan of supporting the Lashker-e-Toiba for carrying out the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks while claiming that India’s investigators were keeping a track of all the key accused in the conspiracy, including those based in Pakistan.

Separately, investigators have got a few leads regarding the other blast cases. Three more Indians based in Saudi Arabia, who had been carrying out anti-India activities, are set to be deported.

The interrogation of arrested LeT member Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Hamza alias Abu Jundal, who was deported from Saudi Arabia, has revealed a web of sleeper agents cultivated by him.

His network is spread across Delhi, Mumbai, Darbangha, Bihar and Beed, Maharashtra. The agents were living normal lives and would melt into the background to mask their activities.

A joint team of the Research and Analysis Wing, the Intelligence Bureau and the Delhi Police is questioning Ansari. A local court today refused to hand over Ansari to a team of the Mumbai police till July 5.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, speaking to reporters at Thiruvananthapuram, pointed an accusing finger at Pakistan saying the attacks were carried out in an organised manner with state support. The contention that the attacks were perpetrated by non-state players was no more valid, said the Home Minister. He said, “I’m not pinpointing any particular agency, but there was state support.”

The Tribune in its edition today had reported how the role of more and more Pakistani Army officers was being uncovered during the probe.

India, especially after a team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) questioned David Coleman Headley — another accused in the 26/11 attacks — in Chicago, has maintained that certain members of the Pakistan’s Army were actively involved in the planning, execution and direction of the Mumbai attacks in which 166 persons lost their lives.

Chidambaram, who in June 2011 visited Pakistan and was unhappy after his unfruitful meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik, today said the world had appreciated the restraint that India has shown in tracking down the attackers.

“We have been tracking Jundal for a year. We tracked him down, found him and apprehended him. We are tracking all the masterminds of the Mumbai attack,” the Home Minister said.





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