26/11: FBI Provides Crucial Evidence of Pakistani Link

Lalit K Jha, Washington
26/11: FBI Provides Crucial Evidence of Pakistani Link
The Mumbai police has obtained "crucial evidence" from the FBI that points that the plot to execute the 26/11 terror attack was hatched in Pakistan.

The three-member team led by Mumbai Police Deputy Inspector General Deven Bharti received the evidence that also includes the information collected by the FBI, which it had gathered by sending its team to Pakistan.

This evidence, ranging from details of Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), satellite phones used by terrorists, exchange of emails, intercepts and forensic examination of bullets used by attackers and others substantiates the links between the terrorists and their handlers in Pakistan.

The evidence also includes the information collected by the FBI, which it had gathered by sending its team to Pakistan.

The Mumbai police team left for India yesterday. It had come to Washington to hand over a Letters Rogatory issued by a Mumbai court and vetted by the Ministry of External Affairs to the US Department of Justice in Washington.

FBI's help had been sought in sharing the proofs like call details made through VoIP and from the satellite phone besides getting the documents related to Global Positioning System used by the terrorists while sailing from Karachi.

Backed up by its state of the art technological equipments, the FBI is believed to have got minute details of the voice over internet protocol services and satellite phones, which the terrorists used to call up their bosses in Pakistan.

The FBI investigations into the November terror attack have established a Pakistan link to the payments made for the VoIP card from Callphonex of the US. One of the virtual numbers from which the call to the terrorists was made was set up with a US company Callphonex by one Kharak Singh who claimed to be from India. The money for the same came through Western Union money transfer from one Javed Iqbal in Pakistan.

The forensic examination of the bullets used by the terrorists in Mumbai was also a part of the evidence gathered from FBI by Mumbai Police.

The evidence from FBI is expected to make the case water-tight as this kind of proof would further nail Pakistan's claims that the conspiracy behind 26/11 was not hatched in that country alone.

India and the United States share a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) which came into effect on December 3, 2005.

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