“If the hostages are killed, it will spoil relations between India and Israel.”
January 25, 2009 – Earlier this month, a 69-page dossier of material stemming from the ongoing investigation into the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 26-29, 2008 was handed over by India to Pakistan.
– The terrorist attacks took place at many locations, especially at CST Railway Station; the Leopold Café; Taj Hotel; Oberoi Trident Hotel; and Nariman House (Chabad House). 165 persons (civilian and security personnel lost their lives and 304 were injured. Among the civilians killed were 26 foreigners belonging to many nationalities.
– The investigations have revealed that ten terrorists were involved in the attacks, nine were killed in the operations; one was captured alive. His name is Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab. Kasab stated that along with many others, including the nine terrorists who were killed, he was trained at Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT) training camps located at Muridke, Manshera and Muzaffarabad.
– Initially, the group consisted of 32 persons. They were imparted basic knowledge of firearms, ammunition, grenades and explosives. Later, they were taught to handle and fire Kalashnikov rifles and 9mm pistols and also how to fabricate explosive devices. They were also imparted training in techniques to counter interrogation and tolerate pain. Besides, they were indoctrinated to become suicide attackers.
– Ultimately, 13 persons out of the group were selected for carrying out the attacks in India. Six of the 13 were sent for some operations in Kashmir. Three new members were brought into the group, making the number 10. One of the new members was Ismail Khan who, eventually, became the leader of the group.
– The group was closely monitored by Zaki-Ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Abu Hamza, Yousuf alias Muzammil and Kaafa all senior functionaries of LeT. The first three are known to intelligence agencies of many countries.
– All of the ten terrorists came from Pakistan.
– The terrorists started in a small boat from Karachi, Pakistan. After traveling for about 40 minutes, they were shifted to a larger boat, ‘Al-Husseine’, which, according to the captured terrorist, belongs to Zaki-Ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Chief Commander of the LeT.
Nariman House (Chabad House):
At about 22:25 hours, on November 26, 2008, two terrorists (Babar Imran and Nazir) began firing outside of Chabad House and gained access to the building. Several people were taken hostage. The terrorists exchanged fire throughout the night of November 26, 2008 and into the next day. During the operations the police rescued 14 persons from Chabad House.
Eventually, the two terrorists were killed. Five hostages were found dead.
Throughout the operations, the terrorists received instructions over telephone from their controllers. The controllers warned the terrorists about the use of helicopters and about the landing of commandos on the terrace.
The police recovered two Kalashnikov rifles, four magazines, three pistols, about 250 live rounds of ammunition, four mobile phones and one GPS instrument.
Translation of some selected intercepted conversations between the two terrorists at Chabad House and their Pakistani handlers known as ‘Major General’ and ‘Wassi’:
November 27, 2008 at 19:45 hours.
Caller: Greetings. What did the Major General say?
Receiver: Greetings. The Major General directed us to do what we like. We should not worry. The operation has to be concluded tomorrow morning. Pray to God. Keep two magazines and three grenades aside, and expend the rest of your ammunition.
Wassi: Keep in mind that the hostages are of use only as long as you do not come under fire because of their safety. If you are still threatened, then don’t saddle yourself with the burden of the hostages, immediately kill them.
Receiver: Yes, we shall do accordingly. God willing.
Wassi: The Army claims to have done the work without any hostage being harmed. Another thing; Israel has made a request through diplomatic channels to save the hostages. If the hostages are killed, it will spoil relations between India and Israel.
Receiver: So be it, God willing.
Wassi: Stay alert.
November 27, 2008 at 22:26 hours.
Caller: Brother, you have to fight. This is a matter of prestige of Islam. Fight so that your fight becomes a shining example. Be strong in the name of Allah. You may feel tired or sleepy but the Commandos of Islam have left everything behind. Their mothers, their fathers. Their homes. Brother, you have to fight for the victory of Islam. Be strong.
The interrogation of the captured terrorist has revealed a wealth of information. Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab has claimed that he had met some important LeT leaders. When shown a photograph taken from the passport of the person concerned, he identified the person as the one who had briefed the terrorists in the LeT camps near Muzaffarabad and in Azizabad. He described the person as the most important person in the LeT and the mastermind behind the operations in Mumbai. The photograph shown to him was that of Zaki-Ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
The evidence gathered so far unmistakably points to the territory of Pakistan as a source of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai between November 26 and November 29, 2008. It is abundantly clear that senior functionaries of the LeT were the controllers/handlers of the ten terrorists. The evidence unmistakably establishes that the ten terrorists were chosen, trained, despatched, controlled and guided by the LeT which is the organisation responsible for the terrorist attack in Mumbai.
The dossier can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.hindu.com/nic/dossier.htm