India may reject Pak plea for Fahim`s questioning

India is likely to reject the demand of Pakistan to allow questioning of alleged LeT terrorist Fahim Ansari and also convey to that country to show some seriousness in getting the main accused in Mumbai terror attack arrested.

New Delhi: India is likely to reject the
demand of Pakistan to allow questioning of alleged LeT
terrorist Fahim Ansari and also convey to that country to show
some seriousness in getting the main accused in Mumbai terror
attack arrested.

The response by India in this manner is likely after the
Union Home Ministry examined the list of demands made by
Pakistan which included questioning of Ansari, who was
acquitted by a Special Court along with another Indian accused
Sabauddin Ahmed.

The duo was named by the elite Crime Branch of Mumbai
police as the people responsible for carrying out
reconnaissance of targets for Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) in Mumbai
ahead of the attacks.

As the country was a few days away from commemorating
the second anniversary of 26/11, sources in the Home Ministry
said on Wednesday Islamabad was only delaying the process of law and
not actually punishing the guilty which included founder chief
of Lashkar Hafeez Saeed and his close aides Zaki-ur-Rehman
Lakhvi and Muzzamil.

India may also raise with Pakistan the very slow pace of
the trial of seven 26/11 accused in that country due to
"unreasonable" demands made to India which included
post-mortem report of 166 dead victims and nine terrorists.

During the discussions within the ministry, a list of
dossiers from Islamabad had been discussed threadbare and some
officials commented about the apparent frivolous questions
which included details of the shipping boat used by the 10
terrorists who landed at the Mumbai coast on the ill-fated
day.

Islamabad has been expressing its desire to question
Ansari in the Mumbai attack case. Former commissioner of
Mumbai police Hasan Gafoor and the then Joint Commissioner
(Crime) Rakesh Maria had repeatedly claimed that Ansari and
Ahmed had carried out reconnaissance of various targets
attacked by LeT terrorists on November 26, 2008.

But special judge M L Tahliyani had dismissed the
evidence against them as "unreliable". "Prosecution evidence
against Ansari and Ahmed is unreliable... evidence falls short
and cannot be accepted," the judge observed in his ruling.

The case against these two was considerably weakened by
the confession in an American court by US terror accused David
Headley that he had carried out a recce of the targets for the
Lashkar attackers.

After Headley`s confession of carrying out pre-attack
reconnaissance for the Lashkar assault on Mumbai, embarrassing
questions had started surfacing for investigators.

PTI

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