“The latest development is certain to strengthen New Delhi’s case for tangible action on the part of Islamabad.”
Other than asking for more money? “Heap of evidence to nail Pak lies,” from the Economic Times, January 2:
NEW DELHI: Pakistan may now find it difficult to persist with protestations of innocence. For, western governments have begun confronting Islamabad with four tell-tale evidences that links Pakistan to the Mumbai terror outrage…
More specifically, Reuters reports that the FBI presented at least some of the evidence:
The master-switch of the Thuraya satellite phone that was used to communicate with the jihadi gang while they were on way to Mumbai through the sea route was located in Pakistan.
The Deccan Mujahideen e-mail claiming the responsibility for the Mumbai carnage has been traced to senior Lashkar-e-Toiba commander and the outfit’s communications chief Zarar Shah. The FBI and other agencies have confirmed that the e-mail originated from Pakistan. Zarar Shah has already confessed that he was one of the key planners of the attacks.
LeT terrorists Abu Hamza, Abu Kaza and Zarar Shah were in constant touch with the marine jihadis. Reports in the western media say that Zarar Shah has confessed that he had been in touch with the terrorists by phone as the 60-hour gunbattle raged in Mumbai.
According to investigating agencies, instructions were passed on minute-to-minute by the three from Pakistan after monitoring the Mumbai happenings on television. They were in touch with the attackers in Taj, Nariman House and Trident Oberoi.
The instructions were in Punjabi. Since they had the advantage of 24X7 TV coverage of the attack, they could even direct them to “lob the grenades” and “set the place ablaze” from their location in Pakistan. Even the news of the killing of Hemant Karkare was relayed to them, but the LeT masterminds did not have any idea that he was the chief of the Maharashtra ATS.
“You have killed the commissioner”, was one of the messages. The jihadis also had information about the operation by Marcos and NSG commandos as they were monitoring television news. They were also occasionally directed to have dates and even to take turns to sleep.
Navigation routes plotted on the global-positioning system (GPS) found on the abandoned MV Kuber fishing trawler, hijacked by the Mumbai attackers mid-sea to carry on their journey through Indian waters, revealed the planned route from Karachi to Mumbai and back again, indicating that the terrorists were hoping to take the escape route back to Pakistan.
All these are certain to make it difficult for Pakistan to claim that it was doing enough to bring the perpetrators of the attack to book. There have been efforts in the past two days even to deny that Kasab, the surviving Mumbai attacker, is a Pakistani citizen. On Zarar Shah, too, there has been no concrete action on the part of the Pakistani administration.
In the light of these evidence, the western capitals can be expected to hammer Pakistan to comply with India’s demand. The latest development is certain to strengthen New Delhi’s case for tangible action on the part of Islamabad.