February 3, 2009
Pakistan’s national investigative body, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) believes that the Mumbai terror attacks were planned in Europe.
The result of a probe into the attacks show the master plan was developed in a European country, a senior FIA official told Press TV.
The official, who was talking on condition of anonymity, said the Pakistani government of Asif Ali Zardari was still undecided over providing the country with evidence.
Declining to name any state, the official added that the report will be presented through a diplomatic channel to the Indian government in the next two days.
In late November a series of ten coordinated terror attacks rocked India’s largest city. At least 170 people, including 22 foreigners, were killed and 300 more were injured.
India blamed Pakistani-based “elements” over the attacks across its financial capital, saying the terror bore the fingerprint of Lashkar-e-Taiba — a group blamed for previous attacks in India.
India has provided Pakistan with data from satellite phones used by the attackers as well as what it describes as the ‘confessions of a sole surviving gunman’, who participated in the attacks, to support its claims.
However the Pakistani official said their findings rule out the involvement of any Pakistani group or organizations in the Mumbai attacks.
“The report further disclosed that there were no Pakistani group or organization involved in the attacks, however the government is investigating to make the report more transparent,” the official concluded.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani announced on Sunday that Islamabad has completed its probe into the Mumbai attacks and would soon share this with India.
“The (Indian) dossier (on Mumbai) has been investigated and has been forwarded to the Ministry of Justice and after their approval, I will take you into confidence,” he told reporters upon returning from the World Economic Forum meeting at Davos.