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Pakistan’s crackdown on terror was eyewash, claims 26/11 handler

mumbai Updated: Aug 04, 2012 02:45 IST
Rahul Mahajani

Exposing Pakistan’s lies, deported Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Abu Jundal has told the crime branch of Mumbai police that the arrests and raids on the terror outfit and its leaders by its Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the army after the 26/11 terror attack was a farce.

The crackdown was staged by Pakistan authorities as there was intense international pressure after the terror attacks, which left over 160 dead and over 300 injured, Jundal has reportedly told the crime branch investigators.

Though the statement will not benefit the 26/11 investigations, it exposes Pakistan’s claims of clamping down on terrorist activities on its soil.

Sources in the crime branch said that four days after the November 26 attack in 2008, top LeT commander Muzammil, also an accused in the 26/11 terror attack case, got a call from the Pakistan army on December 1 asking them to vacate the LeT camps in Muridke, Pakistan, as they would be raiding the sites shortly.

Jundal has also told the police that Muzammil had good rapport with a few Pakistan army men, and that is why he was tipped off. “It was shown as if the Pakistani army raided the camps, but the camps were deserted long before the army got there,” Jundal has said in his statement.