Kasab didn’t take sea route: Pakistani navy chief

February 27th, 2009 - 5:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Feb 27 (IANS) Pakistan Friday sought to further muddy the waters on the Mumbai terror strikes, saying the Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone gunman captured during the mayhem, didn’t take the sea route to the Indian port city.
“There is no proof that Kasab took the sea route,” Pakistani Navy chief Admiral Noman Bashir said at a press conference here.

At the same time, he admitted that patrolling the waters on the Pakistani side of the international border off the Gujarat coast was “difficult” due to the dispute over the Sir Creek.

India says Kasab and nine other Pakistanis had set sail from Karachi, hijacked a trawler after entering Indian waters and finally used a rubber boat to sneak into Mumbai Nov 26, 2008 and embarked on a killing spree that lasted over 60 hours.

Kasab is now in the custody of the Mumbai police, which Wednesday filed a charge sheet naming him and 34 others, all of them operatives of the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror groups, for the Mumbai carnage that claimed the lives of more than 170 people.

Kasab is also one of the eight men named in a case registered by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency on the Mumbai attacks.

Bashir also sought to discount suggestions that Pakistan was engaged in an arms race with India.

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