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Pakistan Fires Top Security Official, Indicating Dishonesty on Mumbai

January 8, 2009

Pakistan’s security agencies had recommended confirming the surviving Mumbai gunman was Pakistani, the country’s former national security adviser said Thursday, adding he was sacked because the prime minister was out of the loop.

India had said for weeks the captured gunman, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, was Pakistani. Pakistan had stonewalled, saying his name was not on a national database and it was investigating.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani fired National Security Adviser Mahmud Ali Durrani Wednesday, shortly after he and other officials confirmed to reporters that Kasab was Pakistani.

Newspapers in India interpreted his dismissal as punishment for revealing the truth, while Pakistani media speculated it showed a split in power circles in Islamabad.

Durrani said authorities, including security agencies, had already decided to confirm the gunman was Pakistani.

“It had been decided yesterday that we would tell the world that he is a Pakistani because hiding that makes no sense,” Durrani told Reuters in a telephone interview.

By Robert Birsel, Reuters

“The security agencies recommended it,” he said.

India blames Pakistan militants for the strikes in November by 10 gunmen that killed 179 people and have revived tension between two nations that have fought three wars since 1947.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stepped up a war of words Tuesday, saying for the first time the assault “must have had the support of some official agencies in Pakistan.”

Pakistan has denied any involvement by state agencies.

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Pakistan Sacks Security Official That Said Government Tied to Mumbai

January 7, 2009

Pakistan’s government has sacked its top security adviser after he publicly acknowledged a connection between Pakistan and the Mumbai terror attacks in late November.

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The office of Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani confirmed Wednesday that National Security Adviser Mahmud Ali Durrani had been fired, but gave no reason for his dismissal.

Pakistan's national security advisor Mehmood Ali Durrani ... 
Pakistan’s national security advisor Mehmood Ali Durrani attends a meeting in Islamabad in this picture taken December 2, 2008. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani dismissed his national security adviser Durrani on January 7, 2009, following weeks of tension with India in the aftermath of an attack by militants on Mumbai. Picture taken December 2, 2008.REUTERS/Mian Khursheed (PAKISTAN)

Earlier in the day, Durrani said the sole surviving suspect in the Mumbai attacks — in which more than 160 people were killed — had ties to Pakistan.

“I think it probably would be true now that for example [Mohammed Ajmal Kasab] had Pakistani connections,” said Durrani. “So one cannot deny there was zero link with Pakistan. How much, who all was involved, that we have to investigate.”

Statements from Kasab, the sole surviving suspect, were among evidence that India submitted to Pakistan on Monday regarding the attacks.

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By NAHAL TOOSI, Associated Press Writer

Pakistan fired its national security adviser amid tensions following the Mumbai attacks, a possible sign of divisions in the weak civilian government over how to react to Indian and international demands it crack down on the alleged masterminds.

Mahmood Ali Durrani, a former ambassador to the U.S. and seen by critics as too friendly with Washington, was fired late Wednesday because “he gave media interviews on national security issues without consulting the prime minister,” said Imran Gardaizi, spokesman for Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

The decision came hours after Indian media quoted Durrani as saying the surviving Mumbai attacker was Pakistani. Other top Pakistani officials separately confirmed Mohammed Ajmal Kasab’s nationality to media outlets the same day.

The government’s acknowledgment that Kasab is Pakistani — something India has long alleged — followed weeks of its saying there was no proof and he is not in its national identification databases.

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Mumbai attackers more tech savvy than the police

December 14, 2008

When the attackers arrived on the shores of Mumbai last month, they had studied satellite images of the city, were carrying handheld GPS sets and were communicating with their handlers via the Internet and satellite phone.

Many of the Indian police they encountered did not even have walkie-talkies.

The Mumbai gunmen not only overwhelmed security forces with their weaponry and willingness to die, but also with their sophisticated use of technology, security experts said.

By MUNEEZA NAQVI and MIN LEE, Associated Press Writers

“These (terrorists) are well aware of the technology available and also know that the police are several steps behind. And a lot of this technology is extremely easy to use and to learn,” said Pavan Duggal, a technology expert and New Delhi-based lawyer.

India‘s underfunded and poorly trained police force is simply unable to compete, experts said.

“Crimes that involve technology usually make the police very nervous,” Duggal said.

An Indian policeman stands guard at a police complex believed ... 
An Indian policeman stands guard at a police complex believed to be housing the lone surviving gunman, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab from the recent attacks in Mumbai December 11, 2008. Indian police will charge the lone surviving gunman of last month’s Mumbai attacks on 12 counts, including waging war against the state, officials said on Wednesday.REUTERS/Arko Datta (INDIA)

To prepare for their Nov. 26 assault, militants examined the layout and landscape of the city using images from Google Earth, which provides satellite photos for much of the planet over the Internet, said Mumbai’s chief police investigator, Rakesh Maria.

The 10 gunmen also studied detailed photographs of their targets on laptop computers, Maria said.

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This Nov. 26, 2008, file photo shows a gunman walking at the ... 
This Nov. 26, 2008, file photo shows a gunman walking at the Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminal railway station in Mumbai, India. The lone gunman to survive the Mumbai terror attacks was a petty street thug from a dusty Pakistani outpost who was systematically transformed into a highly trained suicide guerrilla over 18 months in jihadist camps, India’s top investigator into the attacks said Saturday. Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, 21, was one of the 10 men who came ashore on small rubber raft Nov. 26, divided into five pairs and attacked some of Mumbai’s best known and most beloved landmarks.(AP Photo/Mumbai Mirror, Sebastian D’souza, File) CREDIT MANDATORY

Mumbai Gunman Asks Pakistan for Legal Help; Reveals More In Confession

December 13, 2008

The sole gunman captured in last month’s terrorist attacks on Mumbai has written to Pakistani officials to ask for legal help after Indian lawyers refused to take his criminal case, police said Saturday.

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab wrote a letter Thursday to the Pakistani consulate to request “legal aid,” said Rakesh Maria, Mumbai’s chief investigator.

He also asked to meet with a representative from the consulate, Maria said.

The letter was forwarded to India’s government to relay to Pakistani officials, but it was unclear whether it had been delivered, Maria said.

A number of Indian lawyers — including a prominent group of Mumbai attorneys — have refused to defend Kasab against criminal charges amid outrage over the attacks. Police have revised the death toll from the attacks to 164 people. Nine gunmen also died in the siege.

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A person feeds birds at the Gateway of India landmark, in Mumbai, ... 
A man feeds birds at the Gateway of India landmark, in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008. The sole gunman captured in last month’s terrorist attacks on Mumbai has written to Pakistani officials to ask for legal help after Indian lawyers refused to take his criminal case, police said Saturday.(AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

He is being held on 12 offenses, including waging war against the country and murder, but has not yet been formally charged.

According to police, 21-year-old Kasab said he was a Pakistani national and member of banned terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Islamabad has refused to acknowledge Kasab’s nationality, complaining that India has yet to furnish any evidence.

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Associated Press

The gunman captured in last month’s Mumbai attacks says in his confession to police he originally intended to seize hostages and call the media to make demands.

In a confession statement obtained by The Associated Press, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab says he and his partner, who attacked the city’s main train station, had planned a rooftop standoff. But they couldn’t find access to a roof.

The two killed dozens of people inside the station, but it’s unclear if they ever held hostages.

Kasab also says the attacks were originally set for Sept. 27. He doesn’t say why they were delayed.

Last month’s attacks across India’s financial capital left 164 people plus nine gunmen dead.

India gives info tying Mumbai gunmen to Pakistan

December 9, 2008

Police released names and photographs of suspected Islamic militants who staged the bloody three-day siege of Mumbai and said they uncovered new details about the gunmen — including hometowns in Pakistan.

The new information, if confirmed, would bolster India’s claim that the attack was launched from Pakistan and was released as the Pakistani government announced more arrests in raids on Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militant group that India blames for the assault on its financial capital.

Named militants. Mumbai police website

Released photos (from left): Bada Abdul Rehaman (Taj Palace); Abdul Rehaman Chota (Oberoi); Ismal Khan (CST station); Babar Imaran (Nariman House)

Indian officials maintained a skeptical silence about the reported crackdown and arrest of an alleged mastermind of the Mumbai assault, which killed 171 people, raised fears of war between the nuclear-armed neighbors and eroded U.S. hopes for a regional push against al-Qaida and other extremists.

By MUNEEZA NAQVI, Associated Press Writer

Mumbai’s chief police investigator, Rakesh Maria, showed photographs of eight of the nine slain attackers — some from identity cards, but three were gruesome pictures of maimed faces. The body of the ninth was too badly burned, he said. The 10th gunman, previously identified as Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, was captured alive.

Maria said all 10 attackers were from Pakistan, most of them Punjab province, and were between the ages of 20 and 28. He did not say how police had tracked down their hometowns, although they have been interrogating the lone surviving gunman.

The attackers, who apparently landed by boat on the Mumbai coast the night of Nov. 26, were led by

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Mumbai Survivor: From Street Thug To International Terrorist

December 6, 2008

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the “Baby Faced Terrorist,” was a small time street criminal offered less than $2,000 to become an international terrorist and likely die in the process. All his fellow terrorists are dead.  Now he’s in prison and talking….

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By RAVI NESSMAN, Associated Press Writer
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The lone gunman to survive the Mumbai terror attacks was a petty street thug from a dusty Pakistani outpost who was systematically programmed into a highly trained suicide guerrilla over 18 months in jihadist camps, India‘s top investigator into the attacks said Saturday.

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, 21, was one of the 10 men who came ashore on a small rubber raft Nov. 26, divided into five pairs and attacked some of Mumbai’s best known and most beloved landmarks.

In this Nov. 26, 2008 file photo, a gunman identified by police ...
In this Nov. 26, 2008 file photo, a gunman identified by police as Ajmal Qasab walks at the Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminal railway station in Mumbai, India. Qasab, the only gunman captured after a 60-hour terrorist siege of Mumbai said he belonged to a Pakistani militant group with links to the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, a senior police officer said Sunday Nov. 30, 2008.(AP Photo/Mumbai Mirror, Sebastian D’souza, File)

Kasab and his partner rampaged through the city’s main train terminal, then shot up a police station and a hospital, carjacked a police van — killing the city’s counterterrorism chief and four other police inside — and stole a second car.

They finally were brought to a halt in a shootout that killed Kasab’s partner and left Kasab with bullet wounds in both hands and a minor wound in his neck, said Rakesh Maria, the chief police investigator on the case.

Photographs of Kasab walking calmly through the train station with his assault rifle made him a symbol of the attacks.

In the days since Kasab’s capture, police have repeatedly interrogated him about his background, his training and the details of the attack. Maria declined to divulge the interrogation methods, saying only that Kasab was “fairly forthcoming.”

Kasab said he was one of five children of Mohammed Amir Kasab, a poor street food vendor in the Pakistani town of Farid Kot, Maria said.

But residents of the impoverished town of 7,000 people, 90 miles south of the Pakistani city of Lahore, said they had never heard of Kasab or his father.

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