PAKISTAN TERROR CONNECTION
MUMBAI: "There were 24 of us who took one-year training in camps organised by Laskar-e-Taiba at Mansera and Muzzarafabad in Punjab province of Pakistan. Ten of us were later handpicked for the Mumbai operation,'' said Ajmal Amir Kasab during interrogations.
According to sources, Kasab, 21, the only terrorist arrested by the Mumbai police, told his interrogators that Abdul Rahman, an ex-soldier popularly called Chacha, had given them training.
The sources said Kasab explained that the training was divided into seven phases.
"He said the first phase was of ‘very hard physical training’ of three months which included running 10 to 15 km. The next three months were for marine training like swimming, surfing, diving and boating in high seas. The rest included arms and ammunition training,'' said a source.
After the training was over, they were sent to Mumbai for a "short internship'', Kasab is believed to have told the cops. This was the period when the accused did the reccee of the city and even went to the five star hotels (Taj and Oberoi), the sources said.
Sources said the Mumbai operation plot was planned in Karachi some six months ago. Joint commissioner of police (crime) Rakesh Maria said,"We are closely working with the all the central agencies who have earlier handled such situations.''
PAKISTAN A SOURCE OF TERRORISM
The Pakistani connection was evident from the very first hour. Such a level of organization pretty much proved that the terrorists had been trained elsewhere, and had been supplied by a hostile foreign nation. The idea that this was put into play by home-grown terrorists is laughable ab initio, and something that only a Pakistani could believe, or could want to believe.
Nor was this an Al Qaeda operation
Paki hatred of India is well-known, as is Paki sponsorship of terrorism.
Mounting this attack was not cheap and took many months to prepare. The entire operation could not have been kept secret for so long unless the security agencies of another country were in on it from the very beginning, and both the base and the training were in that other country.
That other country can only be Pakistan. The funding probably came from both the drug trade being run with Afghan opium by the ISI, and from wealthy Arabs. The logistical support must have been Paki military, the approval was by powerful Paki politicians with ulterior agendas, the cover through a corrupt and co-opted police force.
Certainly there are enough lashkaris and wahhabis in Pakistan, in positions of power, that Pakistan absolutely has to be suspected.
No other government is as likely a suspect.
Or even a possible suspect.