A week after his revelations about evidence linking the Lashkar-e-Taiba to the 2008 Mumbai attacks, the top Pakistani investigator who led the probe into the incident has said the carnage in India’s financial hub was carried out by “non-state actors”.
Tariq Khosa, who was made head of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) weeks after the attacks that killed 166 people, refuted reports that he had spoken about the involvement of Pakistani state elements in the incident. He also accused a section of the Indian media of giving a "twist" to the article he had written about the Mumbai attacks in the Dawn newspaper on August 3.
The article, which detailed a raft of evidence linking the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) to the carnage, was extensively quoted by the Indian media. Indian officials said Khosa’s graphic revelations had confirmed their stand that the entire operation was executed from Pakistan.
"It is evident in the article that the terrorist attacks had been committed by non-state actors against whom a thoroughly professional investigation was carried out by the FIA and they are being prosecuted by the state of Pakistan," Khosa said in a statement issued on Sunday.
However, the complexities of proving a case of conspiracy was pointed out as his professional viewpoint, he added.
Khosa said the facts mentioned in his article were “shared officially by the government of Pakistan with the government of India in 2009 after the indictment of the seven arrested accused in the anti-terrorism court”.
He further said introspection is needed by India to tackle its internal security problems. “It is for the Indians to look inward and sort out their internal security faultlines. That is why I chose not to respond to any of their mediapersons' attempts to draw me in this controversy," he said.
In his article, Khosa had written: “Pakistan has to deal with the Mumbai mayhem, planned and launched from its soil. This requires facing the truth and admitting mistakes.”
He wrote that Pakistan's state security apparatus should ensure the perpetrators and masterminds of the "ghastly terror attacks" are brought to justice.
Khosa held top posts in the Pakistan government and Interpol and also led the investigation into the 2007 assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto.