At least 12 Pakistani nationals are wanted for their alleged involvement in funding and assisting the perpetrators of last month's terror attacks, a senior police official said in Mumbai on Thursday.
During the course of interrogation of Mohammed Ajmal, he has revealed that around 12 Pakistani nationals had assisted, financed and communicated with the terrorists during the three-day attack, Rakesh Maria, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), said today.
"They have assisted, financed and communicated with the terrorists during the attacks. We have their names. We are examining the role of each persons," Maria said.
However, Maria declined to say whether Dawood Ibrahim, declared a global terrorist by the US, was among the 12.
The crime branch of the police probing the Mumbai terror strikes has established the links of Lashkar-e-Toyba (LeT), its founder Hafiz Saeed and functionaries Zakiur Rehman, Abu Hamza and Kahfa who played prominent roles in hatching the conspiracy, training the terrorists and executing the attacks.
The police also suspect that the top LeT commander Zarar Shah, reportedly captured in the crackdown on militants earlier this month in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, acted as Public Relations Officer for LeT and had basically dealt in communication.
Saeed, the founder of the LeT and charity organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa, allegedly gave motivational and emotional speeches to the group of ten terrorists when they were training in Muridke.
On applications given by lawyers seeking to represent Ajmal, Maria said, "we have received vakalatnama of a city- based lawyer K B N Lam. Two more applications were also received from Kolkata-based lawyers."
"All depends on Ajmal. It is up to him from whom he accepts legal assistance. Ajmal has already written a letter seeking legal help from Pakistan High Commission. We are awaiting for their reply," Maria added.