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India traces Mumbai attack to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — India confronted Pakistan on Monday with a detailed dossier that it said showed that "elements from Pakistan" were behind the November terrorist assault on Mumbai and said it was inconceivable that no one in the Pakistani government knew of the plans.

India's moves added pressure to the already tense relationship between the nuclear-armed rivals over the assault, in which some 170 people died.

The evidence handed to Islamabad included the lengthy confession extracted during the interrogation of Ajmal Kasab, the only gunman caught during the attack. McClatchy Newspapers reported Dec. 6 that Kasab had come from Faridkot, a village in Pakistan's Punjab province.

Also in the dossier were telephone intercepts between the assailants and their alleged handlers in Pakistan, data retrieved from recovered GPS and satellite phones and details of "recovered weapons and equipment," India's Foreign Ministry said.

In New Delhi, India also briefed the ambassadors of more than a dozen countries, including the United States, Britain, Israel, Japan and Turkey — on the evidence that it said it had gathered.

Shiv Shankar Menon, India's foreign secretary, the top bureaucrat in the Foreign Ministry, said it "beggars the imagination" that no one within the Pakistani state knew about the preparations for the attack, an accusation that appeared directed at the Pakistani army and its intelligence agencies.

Visiting Islamabad on Monday, Richard Boucher, the assistant U.S. secretary of state for South Asia, said that "It's clear … that the attackers had links that lead to Pakistani soil."

India traces Mumbai attack to Pakistan 01/05/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:20am]
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