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Antony ridicules Pak navy chief's claim on 26/11
February 28, 2009 16:18 IST
Ridiculing the claim by Pakistan navy chief Admiral Noman Bashir that there was no evidence to show that Mumbai [Images] attackers had taken the sea route, India on Saturday said its investigation has conclusively proved that they came from the neighbouring country through the maritime route.
"After the terror attack on Mumbai, our investigating agencies conducted a thorough investigation. They have come to the conclusion that the attackers came via sea route," Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters.
His comment came when asked about Pakistan navy chief's claim that there was no proof that Ajmal Kasab [Images] and other terrorists took the sea route from Pakistan to this country to carry out the Mumbai attacks.
Commenting on his counterpart's claim, Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta, also said that the 'full and complete' probe by the investigating agencies have proved that the attackers came via sea route.
At the same time, Mehta suggested that the Pakistan navy chief might have been quoted wrongly.
"The English TV channels got the Pakistan navy chief's quote wrong. He spoke in Urdu and he indicated that the terrorists have not used their sea route but they could have used any other sea route to come to Mumbai because the Pakistan navy has a large force. This was what the Pakistan navy chief said," Mehta said.
"But our investigating agencies have done a full and complete probe and produced an excellent document and charge-sheet. This charge-sheet proves that the terrorists used the sea route to reach Mumbai," he added.