Pak Law Ministry sends Mumbai probe report to Gilani

February 6th, 2009 - 12:34 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Feb 6 (ANI): The Law Ministry has submitted a summary of findings of a Pakistani probe into the Mumbai terrorist attacks to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

A high-level Federal Investigation Agency team was tasked to probe the attacks in the light of a dossier of evidence that India shared with Pakistan.

Sources privy to the investigation said the submission was made after consultations with the Interior Ministry, the Foreign Ministry and the Law Department, the Daily Times reported.

They said no Pakistan-based groups were directly or indirectly involved in the planning, financing or execution of the attacks according to the findings.

They said investigators have also questioned the Indian claims that the gunmen entered India via sea from Karachi, saying that the route had always been heavily guarded by the Pakistani and Indian maritime security forces and navies.

According to the sources, Pakistani authorities have demanded access to the crime scene and joint investigations.

Earlier, Pakistani investigators probing the Mumbai attacks have alleged a Bangladeshi connection in the terror strikes.

They claim to have evidence of the banned Bangladesh based militant organisation, Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami playing a major role in planning the attack and training the terrorists.

Information in this regard will soon be shared with India in the form of a reciprocal dossier made by Pakistans premier investigation agency, the FIA, the Dawn reported.

Preliminary investigations are likely to indicate that the Mumbai attack was the handiwork of an international network of Muslim fundamentalists present in South Asia and spread all the way to Middle East.

Sources privy to the report say that it underlines that the Mumbai incident is not strictly a Pakistan-India issue. Even Pakistans High Commissioner to the UK Wajid Shamsul Hassan has indicated that the report indicates that terrorist attack was not planned in Pakistan. It could mean that at least one of the Mumbai attackers was of Bangladesh origin.

A senior western diplomat confirming this said there is a strong possibility that one of the attackers was a Bangladeshi national.

Although, the report highlights the Bangladeshi link in the attack, it also indicates that some of the planning for the strike was done in Dubai. There is also an element of local Indian support.

Referring to copies of the high-level exchanges between FIA and FBI, the paper said the FIA had sought access to some Indian terrorists through the FBI.

The FBI quizzed Fahim Arshad Ansari and Sabbauddin, who were arrested by Uttar Pradesh Police some time between February and March. (ANI)

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