'Pak army involved in 26/11'

LeT and military hand in glove, says prosecution

'Pak army involved in 26/11'

The case has reached its penultimate lap with the opening of the final arguments by the prosecution, which will be followed by that of the defence and a reply by the prosecution, at the end of which the court will pronounce its verdict.

It was a significant step in the keenly watched trial, and the opening of the arguments was witnessed by Maharashtra’s home minister R R Patil and minister of state for home Ramesh Bagwe, who sat throughout the argument made by the special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

In the dock were the captured Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Kasab and two suspected Indian operatives of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), which executed the attack, leaving 166 people dead and scores injured.

The designated judge M L Tahilyani presided over the arguments. “The conspiracy of the 26/11 attacks was hatched on the Pakistan soil and inevitable inference can be drawn that the attack was State-sponsored,” Nikam argued.

Kasab and the nine other slain terrorists had undergone military and intelligence training organised by the LeT, which was supervised by certain officers of the Pakistan Army, the prosecutor said.

Kasab had recorded in his confession the presence of a Pakistani Major-General, but his name was deliberately not revealed to the terror group as he is a senior officer in the Pakistan army, Nikam said.

“In his confessional statement, Kasab had said that one Major-General had come to meet them during their training sessions. But his name was not disclosed to the attackers.
Thus, it is necessary to find out why his name was not revealed. This means it is to curtail his identity and we are sure that he was from Pakistani Army,” Nikam said.

Alleging that LeT and the Army were hand-in glove, the prosecution said a deliberate attempt was also made to conceal Pakistan’s involvement in the attack.

Fake ID cards
“The attackers were given fake identity cards under fictitious Indian names. One of the terrorist Imran Babbar had contacted a TV news channel and had claimed that he was from Hyderabad in India,” Nikam pointed out.

Kasab was given an ID card in the name of Samir Dinesh Choudhari, the prosecutor said. The terrorists were given training as per the al-Qaeda manual on how to mislead investigations and the courts, Nikam said. “The kind of training that terrorists received with regards to handling of sophisticated weapons, GPS and mobiles, sailing, and other things indicate that no other organisation could provide such detailed training as it is taught in the military,” Nikam said.

“This is why till date, Pakistan has refused to take responsibility for the attacks and has not yet claimed the bodies of the nine slain terrorists,” the prosecutor said. The bodies of those nine terrorists killed during the NSG operations are still lying in a Mumbai morgue.
Nikam said the VoIP accounts opened prior to the attacks were paid by a Pakistani national by name Mohammad Iqbal.

The two Indian LeT operatives Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, who are also on trial, had prepared and supplied maps of the terror targets to the LeT and both of them were well aware of the conspiracy, Nikam said.

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