26/11 attack: India rubbishes Pak claims on sea route

Pakistan was back in denial mode with Navy Chief Admiral Noman Bashir claiming there was no proof that Ajmal Kasab and other terrorists took the sea route from this country to carry out the Mumbai attacks,a view rubbished by India.

Written by Agencies | Karachi/new Delhi | Published: February 27, 2009 7:43 pm

Pakistan was back in denial mode with Navy Chief Admiral Noman Bashir claiming there was no proof that Ajmal Kasab and other terrorists took the sea route from this country to carry out the Mumbai attacks,a view rubbished by India.

“We have seen no evidence that confirms he (Kasab) went from Pakistan to Mumbai,” Bashir said.

The Navy Chief’s contention contradicts Interior Ministry Chief Rehman Malik’s admission two weeks back that the Mumbai attacks were ‘partly’ plotted on Pakistan soil and launched from its shores for which it has arrested six persons.

“The evidence that I have doesn’t show that the terrorists went from this country. This is India’s claim from day one. Even before the Mumbai incidents had ended,India was saying that the terrorists have used sea route,” Bashir said.

Asked about Bashir’s contention,Home Minister P Chidambaram said in New Delhi this was part of ‘prevarications’ by Pakistan.

“I am sure somebody will deny it tomorrow. This is part of prevarications,” Chidambaram said.

Chidambaram said after prevaricating for several weeks,Pakistan was ‘forced to admit that its territory was used to plot and carry out the terrorist attacks’.

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