India today rubbished as "ridiculous" Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman
Malik's claim that Mumbai attack handler and LeT operative Abu Jundal was an
operative of a "very elite" Indian intelligence agency even as he stood by his
"Such a statement is ridiculous. Jundal was working with the LeT in Pakistan's
soil when the Mumbai terror attack was carried out," Home Secretary R K Singh
told PTI in a strong reaction to Malik's statement.
Referring to Jundal, who was present in Lashar-e-Taiba(LeT) control room during
the 26/11 attack in 2008 and was deported from Saudi Arabia recently, Malik
today said Jundal had confessed that he was a known criminal, having been
charged in many cases.
"He also worked as one of the sources of a very elite agency of India. Now, see,
he has used agencies also and went rogue. Put it another way, you become a
source, you become a double agent. While he is working, living in India, he
might have gone rogue and then these three individuals go to Pakistan," he said
delivering a lecture at Observer Research Foundation.
Malik said Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley had conspired with Al
Qaeda terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri, a retired major of Pakistan Army and three
Indian terrorists -- Abu Jundal, Jabbiullah and Fahim Ansari -- and roamed
freely and plotted India's worst terror attack.
Malik yesterday claimed that Jundal, who is is one of the key accused in the
Mumbai terror attack case, was an agent of Indian intelligence agencies.
On Malik's remark that Indian agencies could have prevented the carnage, the
Home Ministry in a statement said the main issue was that the Mumbai attack was
conceived and planned and directed from the soil of Pakistan.
Pakistan did not take any action against these terrorist elements when the plan
was being conceived and put into effect, it said.
The Home Ministry also said even after the Mumbai terror attack when full facts
were known to the world, Pakistan was hesitating to take action against key
conspirators and key operatives.