Tariq Khosa, in an article to newspaper Dawn in Pakistan has claimed that the country must “face the truth” and “admit its mistakes.”
“Pakistan has to deal with the Mumbai mayhem, planned and launched from its soil. This requires facing the truth and admitting mistakes,” said Khosa, the former head of Federal Investigation Agency.
In the article, Khosa has also demanded that Pakistan’s state security should ensure that the perpetrators and masterminds of “ghastly terror attacks” are brought to justice.
Khosa has been critical of the case being dragged on in Pakistan. According to Khosa several hurdles have led to serious setbacks for the prosecutors in the case. Delaying tactics by the defendants, frequent change of trial judges, assassination of the case prosecutor and key witnesses retracting from original testimonies have led to the lingering of the trial.
Khosa lists out a number of facts regarding the 26/11 trial in Pakistan. A lot of them have been contradictory to Pakistan’s stand on the matter.
Khosa writes, “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 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists were imparted training near Thatta, Sindh, and launched by sea from there. The training camp was identified and secured by the investigators,” Khosa says.
“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,” writes Khosa in the candid article.
“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.”
Not just that, Khosa also reveals that the room in Karachi from where the operation was directed was identified and secured. Communication through Voice over Internet Protocol was also unearthed. He says the alleged commander and his deputies were also identified and arrested.
Apart from these explosive revelations, Khosa also talks about the investigation of the money trail which was established to an arrested accused. Also, a couple of foreign-based financiers and facilitators were caught to face the trial.
Khosa has called the Mumbai 26/11 case “quite unique” as it involves two jurisdictions and two trials. He believes that legal experts from both countries need to sit together rather than “sulk and point fingers.”
(With inputs from PTI)