Former top cop Tariq Khosa confessed in an editorial, in Dawn, an English language newspaper in Pakistan that the Mumbai terror attack was hatched and plotted from the country just as India has always accused.
Khosa wrote expressly, “Pakistan has to deal with the Mumbai mayhem, planned and launched from its soil. This requires facing the truth and admitting mistakes. The entire state security apparatus must ensure that the perpetrators and masterminds of the ghastly terror attacks are brought to justice.”
India has long maintained that Pakistan has been sponsoring and encouraging terror attacks and that nefarious activities are planned on its soil. The evidence in that quarter has been overwhelming but Pakistan has always denied any knowledge of terror camps, training, and hideouts in its country.
This has been a longstanding sore point for Indo Pakistan relationships which in spite of all peace making efforts by leaders like Vajpayee and others, have remained stagnant.
Pakistan has stoutly maintained that it is being unjustly accused while India has maintained that unless Pakistan stop these subterfuge activities and bring the accused to book there can be no meaningful dialogue or advance in relationship and peace between the two countries.
Now for the first time, a Pakistani, and not just an ordinary cop, but the former Director General of Pakistan’s Federal Investigation agency, has openly declared that his country was indeed involved in the Mumbai terror attacks. In fact, most of the facts that he disclosed tally exactly with what India has been saying for long.
Khosa who was in charge if the 26/11 investigation went on to elaborate the facts of the case in the editorial. He admitted that Ajmal Kasab, one of the accused in the Mumbai attack, was a bonafide Pakistani national, born and brought up in the country. He also said that Lashkar-e-Taiba members were “given training near Thatta, Sindh and launched by sea from there.”
Khosa said there was ample proof in the training camp, the casings of bombs, and the training room where the mission was finalised which were all identified by investigators.
It must be remembered that earlier on in April this year Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi the mastermind of the terror attack was given bail by a Pakistan court inspite of protests from India.
Six more are languishing in Adiala Jail for nearly 6 years while Pakistan anti-terrorism courts are hedging giving judgement.
Could this honest exposure mean a new beginning? For that we would have to wait and watch developments after.