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December 20, 2001
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Parliament attack suspect indicts Pakistan on television

The terrorists who attacked Parliament on December 13 had orders to kill all MPs present in the premises and also anyone who came in their way, a suspect in the case revealed in interviews to television channels on Thursday.

In a potentially damning indictment of Pakistan's role in the attack on Parliament, terrorist suspect Mohammed Afzal told two leading television news channels in separate interviews that all the five attackers were Pakistani nationals and were in regular touch with their handlers and families across the border until December 12.

Afzal, who claimed to be the pointman between the Jaish-e-Mohammad commander in India Ghazi Baba and the five terrorists, told STAR News and Aaj Tak in separate interviews that Mohammed, the leader of the gang, was told to enter the Lok Sabha, attack MPs and finish whoever comes in the way.

The attack took place on December 13 and was foiled by security personnel.

Afzal was arrested in the Kashmir valley after the attack and is now under the custody of the Delhi police. A laptop used by the terrorists was recovered from him.

He said that all logistical support for the operation, including arms, ammunition and communication facilities, were provided by their Pakistani handlers.

He also told his interviewers that the leader of the terrorists, Mohammed, had himself told him of his involvement in the hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight IC-814.

Afzal, who admitted to having received arms training in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir under the Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front way back in 1990, said he had got involved in the conspiracy for a variety of reasons, including monetary.

He claimed to have met Ghazi Baba only once a few months back. He also said that Ghazi Baba was a native of Bahawalpur in Pakistan.

About the five slain terrorists, he said they appeared to be natives of Pakistan's Punjab province as they conversed in Punjabi.

Mohammed and two others - Raja and Rana - used to speak on telephone to people in Pakistan. He said adding that Mohammed was frequently on the internet chatting with contacts in Pakistan, Dubai and other places in the United Arab Emirates.

Mohammed had told him that Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar and his right hand man Sheikh Omar, who were released in return for the passengers of Flight IC 814 in Kandahar, went straight to their camp in Afghanistan.

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