India to give 26/11 evidence to Pak

India to give 26/11 evidence to Pak

The court has allowed the prosecution’s plea for certified copies of the statements and within a day or two they will be forwarded to Pakistan through diplomatic channels, Nikam said. The statement of witnesses includes the deposition of a magistrate before whom the lone captured Pakistani gunman Mohammad Ajmal Kasab had given a voluntary confession of his alleged involvement in the November 26 attacks here.
Besides, the statements would also include deposition of foreign nationals and seizures of some articles recovered from terror sites such as the Hotels Taj and Oberoi and Nariman House, Nikam said.

The magistrate’s statement is considered significant as she told the trial court that Kasab had disclosed before her that the conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan by Lashkar-e-Toiba operatives, including the alleged mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Laqvi, who is facing trial in a Pakistan court.

The statements will also cover deposition of FBI officers who told the trial court that mobile phones recovered from terror sites were used (by terrorists) to communicate with their Pakistani handlers during the terror siege.

The officers of a mobile company from abroad had also deposed in the court here through video conference saying that the mobile phones (used by terrorists) were exported from China to Pakistan.

Evidence about articles seized from terrorists such as “rubber boat” and food items bearing labels “Made in Pakistan” will also be forwarded to the neighbouring country to prove that the conspiracy was hatched from their soil and that the terrorists had come to India from Pakistan, Nikam said.

Earlier also the government of India had sent evidence to Pakistan in this case, which included the confession of Kasab and the voluminous chargesheet filed by the police in the court. However, the Pakistan government had termed this as “insufficient evidence” to nail Laqvi and six others who are facing trial there.