Finally Pak admits
Mumbai conspiracy hatched on its soil
Saturday 14 February, 2009.
Two months after being in constant denial mode, Pakistan finally
admitted that "some part of the conspiracy" behind the
Mumbai attacks took place on its soil and a case has been registered
against nine people including Ajmal Kasab, the lone captured terrorist.
After a series of flip-flops denying Kasab's nationality and
the role of Pakistani nationals, Interior Ministry chief Rahman
Malik said "most of the conspirators" of the Mumbai
strikes were in their custody.
Islamabad on Thursday made its first formal response to the
Indian dossier on the attacks blamed on terrorists based on its
soil at a press conference by Malik who gave details of the probe
followed a meeting Indian High Commissioner Satyabrata Pal had
with officials in Islamabad on Thursday morning.
While the Indian Foreign Office said it will study the Pakistani
response and react further, the Pakistani Foreign Office hoped
India would reciprocate with the same spirit of cooperation.
Malik identified Hamad Amin Sadiq, a 38-year-old-man hailing
from Punjab province, as the "main operator" in facilitating
and coordinating the Mumbai attacks and named two others one Khan
and one Riaz as accused in the case. (NZ-12/02)
Feb 02, 2009
Police custody of Kasab in 26/11 ends today
The police custody of Ajmal Kasab, the terrorist arrested for
his involvement in the 26th November terror attacks, ends on Monday.
He is in custody since 19th January in connection with the Chhatrapati
Shivaji rail terminus shootout, where he and his accomplice Ismail
Khan began firing indiscriminately at passengers there.
Kasab has been in police custody since his arrest
on the night of 26th November and has been booked in 12 cases
by the city police.
Due to security concerns, he has not been produced
in an open court so far, police said.
The shootout at Girgaum Chowpatty, ambush on a
police vehicle near Rang Bhavan auditorium killing three senior
police officials including ATS chief Hemant Karkare, a vehicle
theft vehicle at Marine Drive and the shootout at Cama Hospital
are the four other cases in which Kasab has been in police custody.
Kasab, who is believed to be a resident of Faridkot
in Pakistan, has had no legal representation so far and sought
assistance from the Pakistani government.
He has so far not accepted legal assistance from
local lawyers who have offered to represent him.
Over 180 people were killed and more than 300
injured in the attacks on 26th November by at the Chhatrapati
Shivaji Terminus, Hotels Taj and Trident and Nariman house.
Nine of the terrorists who were involved in the
attacks were killed in the standoff with security forces. (ST-1/02)