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Mumbai attacks: India lays proof before the world

January 05, 2009 19:10 IST

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As part of efforts to mobilise the world community, India on Monday presented evidence about involvement of Pakistan-based elements in the Mumbai [Images] attacks to several countries, a number of whom found New Delhi's [Images] case to be 'strong' and convincing.

Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon held a special briefing for the Ambassadors and High Commissioners of over a dozen countries, including the US, UK, Israel, France [Images], Japan [Images], Germany [Images], Turkey and Canada [Images] here to apprise them about the details of investigation into the Mumbai attacks.

Menon apprised the diplomats about how 10-heavily armed Pakistani terrorists came from Karachi and carried out attacks in Mumbai on November 26 last year and how they were in touch with their handlers in Pakistan even during the three-day engagement with security forces.

The evidence includes confession of Ajmal Amir Kasab [Images], the lone Pakistani terrorist held during attacks, logbook seized from the vessel in which the terrorists came, records of satellite phone used by terrorists and transcript of their conversations with their handlers in Pakistan.

In his confession, Kasab has spelt out how he became a motivated terrorist of Lashkar-e-Tayiba [Images] from a normal youth of Faridkot in Pakistan's Punjab province and how he was trained specifically for the terror mission.

"India presented a very strong case. We will examine it," said Australian High Commissioner John McCarthy after the briefing.

Diplomat of another country, on condition of anonymity, said he was quite pleased and 'convinced' with the evidence presented by the Foreign Secretary.

The briefing for the foreign envoys came soon after India handed over evidence to Pakistan, with an expectation that Islamabad [Images] would act on it promptly.

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