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Mumbai attackers were helped by 40 Indians: Pakistan

Days after terror suspect Zabiuddin Ansari’s revelations about the Mumbai attacks being controlled and facilitated from Karachi,Pakistani authorities have claimed 40 Indian nationals were involved in the attacks

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad | Published: July 3, 2012 1:27:00 am

Rezaul H Laskar

Days after terror suspect Zabiuddin Ansari’s revelations about the Mumbai attacks being controlled and facilitated from Karachi,Pakistani authorities have claimed 40 Indian nationals were involved in the attacks.

“Our information is that there were at least 40 Indian nationals who helped the attackers. We want India to come clean on this,” an unnamed official of Pakistan’s Foreign Office was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune.

Pakistan will “push” India to share details of the recent arrest of Ansari alias Abu Jundal when the foreign secretaries of the two countries meet in New Delhi this week,the report said. The two-day talks beginning on July 4 are expected to be dominated by Ansari’s arrest and subsequent claims by India,the report further said.

The Foreign Office official said Pakistan will ask India to share details of Ansari’s arrest. “India has yet not shared anything with us about this arrest,” the official said. Pakistan had been saying the Mumbai attacks would not have been possible without help from Indian nationals,he claimed. The official further said Indian authorities had “always been reluctant to give us the full picture” of the investigation into the 26/11 attacks.

“When a Pakistani judicial commission visited India to collect evidence,it was stopped from cross-examining the witnesses,” he claimed. Pakistan could take “decisive action” if provided details of the investigation,he claimed.

India has maintained that an agreement finalised between New Delhi and Islamabad before the visit made it very clear that the panel would not be allowed to cross-examine witnesses.

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