Khosa takes a U-Turn, denies Mumbai-Pak attack-link

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Karachi: Former Pakistani investigating official Tariq Khosa, who had earlier admitted to his country's role in 2008 Mumbai terror attacks on Sunday did a u-turn by saying that saying 26/11 was committed by non-state actors. Defence expert Major General GD bakshi said that the u-turn is a result of his threat to his life.

Tareq Khosa had earlier claimed that there were links between Pakistan and the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack in a Pakistani website Dawn where he wrote: "The following facts are pertinent. First, Ajmal Kasab was a Pakistani national, whose place of residence and initial schooling as well as his joining a banned militant organisation was established by the investigators. Second, the LeT terrorists were imparted training near Thatta, Sindh and launched by sea from there. The training camp was identified and secured by the investigators. The casings of the explosive devices used in Mumbai were recovered from this training camp and duly matched. Third, the fishing trawler used by the terrorists for hijacking an Indian trawler in which they sailed to Mumbai, was brought back to harbour, then painted and concealed. It was recovered by the investigators and connected to the accused. Fourth, the engine of the dinghy abandoned by the terrorists near Mumbai harbour contained a patent number through which the investigators traced its import from Japan to Lahore and then to a Karachi sports shop from where an LeT-linked militant purchased it along with the dinghy. The money trail was followed and linked to the accused who was arrested. Fifth, the ops room in Karachi, from where the operation was directed, was also identified and secured by the investigators. The communications through Voice over Internet Protocol were unearthed. Sixth, the alleged commander and his deputies were identified and arrested. Seventh, a couple of foreign-based financiers and facilitators were arrested and brought to face trial."

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