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Pakistani intelligence agency ISI may be named in 26/11 chargesheet

Posted by on May 11, 2011 0 Comment

Investigators in Pakistan have found the carton of the GPS device that Ajmal Kasab and other 26/11 terrorists used to navigate to Mumbai. The GPS device was found by Indian investigators immediately after the Mumbai attacks in the hijacked Indian vessel MV Kuber.

The carton found from a house in Karachi is said to bear the same product code and model number as the GPS device seized by the 26/11 case investigators here. India has asked Pakistan to formally share the details of the seized carton for matching them with the seizure memo of the GPS device in Indian custody.

According to Indian agencies, the matching of the product code on the GPS device seized from MV Kuber and that on its carton in Pakistan’s custody will help the 26/11 case investigations in both countries by establishing beyond doubt that the 26/11 was plotted in Karachi.

The Indian side is expected to raise its request for seizure memo of the carton of the GPS device during the visit of the Pakistani Judicial Commission to meet the magistrate who had recorded Kasab’s statement as well as the 26/11 investigating officer. Pakistan is yet to confirm the date of visit of the judicial commission.

With the United States acknowledging the ISI link to the 26/11 conspiracy, India has stepped up pressure on Pakistan to act against terror outfits operating on its soil.

Reacting to Pakistani premier Yusuf Raza Gilani’s statement in Pakistan Parliament on Monday that described his nation as a “victim of terror,” Home Secretary GK Pillai said that apart from being a victim of terror, Pakistan was also a sanctuary of terror.

Pillai said the terror infrastructure across the border continued to thrive. At least 42 terror training camps are reportedly running in Pakistan and infiltration into J&K is regular, he said.

“The quicker Pakistan acts against terror groups, the better it is for India,” he told a news channel on Monday.

Asked if India would name the ISI in its Mumbai attacks chargesheet, the Home Secretary said it was a possibility. He said The National Investigative Agency was still probing the case relating to disclosures made by American Lashkar operative David Coleman Headley , naming serving ISI officers including Major Iqbal, as his Pakistani handlers.

With the trial of Headley’s aide, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, set to begin on May 16 and end possibly in the following two weeks, NIA hopes for a response to a letters rogatory it has sent to the US authorities seeking access to Rana and other case witnesses. The letter has also sought the relevant documentation from the court, including Rana’s passport.

“We expect a response after the trial is over,” a senior government official said on Tuesday, adding that a call on filing a chargesheet against Rana and Headley may be taken on the basis of the evidence made available by the US. Economic Times

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