Antony rubbishes Pak Navy chief’s comments

India said that its investigation has conclusively proved that they came from the neighbouring country through maritime route.

Written by Agencies | Kochi | Published:February 28, 2009 1:52 pm

Ridiculing the claim by Pakistan Navy Chief Admiral Noman Bashir that there was no evidence to show that Mumbai attackers had taken the sea route,India said on Saturday that its investigation has conclusively proved that they came from the neighbouring country through maritime route.

“After 26/11 incidents,our investigating agencies conducted a thorough investigation and after that they have come to the conclusion that the attackers came via sea route,” Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters in Kochi.

His comment came when asked about Pakistan Navy Chief’s claim that there was no proof that Ajmal Kasab 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 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 Pakistan Navy has a large force. This what Pakistan Navy chief has said,” Mehta said.

“But our investigating agencies have done a full and complete probe and produced an excellent document and chargesheet. This chargesheet brings out that the terrorists used the sea route to reach Mumbai,” he said.

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