Pakistan Navy chief retracts Mumbai remark

February 28th, 2009 - 10:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Feb 28 (IANS) Pakistan’s navy chief Saturday distanced himself from his controversial remarks that there was no evidence of Ajmal Amir Kasab taking the sea route to India to launch the Mumbai terror strikes, saying he had not contradicted the interior ministry’s findings on the carnage.
Admiral Noman Bashir “clarified that there are no differences between Pakistan Navy and the interior ministry with regard to the report about the (Mumbai terror attack) case”, the official APP news agency reported.

Referring to his remarks Friday, he told the media here that he can only speak as the naval chief and that he was not the government spokesman.

Bashir said the Pakistan Navy was not investigating the Mumbai attack and as such he has no knowledge about this.

“The interior ministry is investigating the case and we at Pakistan Navy have no differences with the ministry regarding their report in connection with such a case,” the APP quoted Bashir as saying.

Bashir said 1,000-mile Pakistan’s coastline could not be manned everywhere and there were holes in its security.

“So any such possibility cannot be denied out rightly. But what I do not know I cannot comment on because this would complicate the situation further.”

“(The) Pakistan Navy has no evidence but that does not mean that the Ministry of Interior also does not have evidence,” he said.

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