Pakistan Army may be linked to Mumbai attacks: police

February 25th, 2009 - 10:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Feb 25 (IANS) The Mumbai police Wednesday said two Pakistanis with military background were involved in last year’s Mumbai terror attacks.
The names of two Pakistani army men have surfaced during the probe and it is being investigated “whether they are serving army men or are in the hierarchy of the Lashkar-e-Taiba”, Joint Police Commissioner of Police Rakesh Maria told the media in the evening after filing of the charge sheet in the Nov 26 terror attacks.

“Whether they belong to (the) Pakistan Army or the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is being investigated,” he asserted. The word “Lashkar” also means army.

Maria said the police have also established the role of the marine wing of the LeT in the attacks and the help provided by two Indian LeT activists, Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin Mohammed.

“We have prepared a very strong case against the terrorists covering all aspects of the 26/11 attacks. So far, we have identified a total of 47 accused, including 35 who were trained for terror activities in Pakistan,” Maria asserted.

The police filed a single comprehensive charge sheet, running into over 11,000-pages, against the 38 accused, including Ansari and Sabahuddin and the lone captured terrorist from Nov 26 attackers, Mohammed Ajmal Amir alias Kasab.

The charge sheet, filed by Special Public Prosecutor Ujwal Nikam before metropolitan magistrate 19th Court M.J. Mirza, has listed another 35 persons as “wanted absconders”.

According to Maria, there are over 2,200 witnesses in this case so far, but he declined to identify how many were from India or the number of foreign nationals in view of strict witness protection norms prevalent abroad.

Maria said Fahim and Sabahuddin have been charged with conducting reconnaissance of the terror attack targets, providing detailed maps and other minute details about the attack sites which enabled the 10-member group of terrorists, including Kasab, reach Mumbai.

The police have also detailed transcripts of the telephone and satellite phone conversations between the terrorists and their handlers in Pakistan, as also details of money transfer operations for the attacks.

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