Pakistan wants proof? It emerges it has already been given, by the Mumbai police, routed through the United States of America (USA).
The US has now confronted Pakistan with the evidence and demanded the handover of terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
The US demand was made on the basis of the same evidence, that is the tapped conversations between LeT commanders and the ten November 26 attack terrorists, as adduced by the Mumbai police.
“We had tapped the conversations,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria said. He refused to comment on how this conversation was shared with other investigating agencies.
Maria’s disclosure came after reports in the Wall Street Journal this week that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had handed over to Pakistan evidence of conversation between the terrorists and their bosses in Pakistan during the stand-off in the city.
Crime Branch sources, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to the media about work, revealed that most of the conversation was among Imran Babar, one of the terrorists killed during the National Security Guard (NSG) operations at the Oberoi hotel, Zarar Shah, LeT communication expert, and Lakhvi.
Besides the satellite phone he used to make demands through a news channel, Babar also used at least three mobile phones of hostages to talk to his bosses.
In another tapped conversation, from the Nariman House, one of the terrorists was heard telling Lakhvi he was tired and sleepy and wanted to surrender.
Lakhvi reminded him of the tenets of jihad and said he should die fighting instead. He also asked him to pray to overcome fatigue.
The police had immediately informed the NSG the terrorists were exhausted.
The commandos then stepped up their operation and kept the terrorists engaged, continuously firing and exploding grenades, draining the terrorists’ energy till they were shot dead.
All the terrorists’ calls were routed through the cellular phone towers installed in the vicinity and, so, could be tapped.
But some of the calls made from the Pakistani side were over Voice over Internet protocol, and the US government had helped in retrieving them from the server based in Phoenix in the US.