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Entire 26/11 proof with Pak: India
Says Islamabad still going slow on bringing perpetrators of Mumbai attacks to book
Ashok Tuteja
Tribune News Service

Planning, training, funding — all in Pak

  • India has reacted sharply to Islamabad’s statement on Friday that it required evidence in the case
  • External Affairs Ministry spokesperson says 99% evidence lies with Pakistan as the entire planning, training of terrorists and funding was done in that country

To base probe on judicial panel’s info: Pak

Pakistan on Saturday said the 26/11 trial would be carried forward based on the information brought by a judicial commission that had visited India recently.

Indo-Pak flag meet likely today
Jammu, October 26
In an attempt to de-escalate tension along the border, the BSF and its counterpart, the Pakistan Rangers, have scheduled a meeting tomorrow in the PS Pura sector. The repeated attempts to restore sanity on the 198-km international border may pay off tomorrow when the meeting takes place.

Details on J&K page)

New Delhi, October 26
A month ahead of the fifth anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks, India today slammed Pakistan for continuing to delay the process of bringing to justice the perpetrators of the Mumbai mayhem.

Reacting sharply to Islamabad’s statement yesterday that it required evidence in the case, an External Affairs Ministry spokesperson pointed out that the entire planning of the attacks, the training of the terrorists who carried out the strikes and the financing of the conspiracy was done in Pakistan.

“It, therefore, follows that 99 per cent of the evidence will be available in Pakistan. It is incumbent on the authorities there to present the evidence in order to bring to book the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks,” he said amid escalation in tension between the two countries over the past few months.

The spokesperson said India, on its part, had fully cooperated with the Pakistan judicial commission that visited the country last month and all information it wanted was handed over to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi earlier this month.

“It now devolves on the Pakistan authorities to ensure that justice is done in the Mumbai attack case in accordance with their own assurances.”

The Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman had yesterday said the two countries needed to work together in a cooperative manner so that the attack trials took place with proper evidence.

This is being interpreted in New Delhi as yet another attempt by Islamabad to dilly-dally on the investigations.

India believes Pakistan has done precious little to punish the masterminds of the attacks. LeT chief Hafiz Saeed, who, New Delhi believes, was the key plotter of the attacks, continues to move freely in the neighbouring country, spewing venom against India. Pakistan’s Punjab province government recently allocated over Rs 61 million in its budget to fund the largest centre of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the parent body of the LeT.




Headley ‘bragged’ about 26/11 attacks in emails

Chicago, October 26
A Danish journalist says barely a week after the Mumbai terror attacks, David Coleman Headley, their most high-profile Chicago plotter, was “bragging” about them in an email forum.

What seems remarkable about Karre Sorenson’s finding is the extent of Headley’s involvement in the planning of the Mumbai attacks and who also justifies the Mumbai killings, calling them “retaliation” for the wrongs done in Kashmir and even Afghanistan.

Karre Sorenson, a journalist with the Jyllands-Posten newspaper, has just published a book about a particularly brutal but abortive plot by Headley against his own newspaper. The book in the Danish language titled “Halshug”, which means behead or decapitate in Danish, focuses mainly on the conspiracy to attack the newspaper offices in Copenhagen, it also contains 80 pages about the Mumbai attacks.

“I've gained access to all 9,000 emails on the forum for old students of the military academy that Headley went to in Pakistan. More than 300 of them are written by Headley; most of them between the years 2008 and 2009,” said Sorenson. — PTI





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