Woodward`s book underlines Pak role against India: Advani

Senior BJP leader LK Advani said investigative journalist Bob Woodward`s recent book Obama`s Wars has made substantial revelations about Pakistan`s involvement in promoting terror activities from its soil against India.

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2010, 23:35 PM IST

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday said investigative journalist Bob Woodward`s recent book Obama`s Wars has made substantial revelations about Pakistan`s
involvement in promoting terror activities from its soil against India.

Citing the book, Advani wrote in his blog that Pakistan was involved in 26/11 Mumbai attack and could be sheltering Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda members.

The account given by Woodward, who reportedly had access to classified documents and is said to have discussed the issues with Obama himself, is understood to be close to the US official view on the subject.

Advani quotes from Woodward`s book which mentions a report submitted to then President George Bush.

"Woodward records in his book that even as this report was being considered by the US President and his NSC `ten gunmen were roaming the Indian city of Mumbai, effectively
holding its 15 million people captive," Advani wrote in his blog.

The BJP leader says the book corroborates India`s contention that Lashkar-e-Toiba was involved in 26/11 and mentions the author`s views on involvement of Pakistani
officials in it.

"The ease of the planning and execution, the low cost, and the alarming sophistication of the communications system that LeT had used were all troubling. The attackers relied on
an easily obtainable global positioning system device, Google Earth maps, and commercially available encryption devices and remote control triggers," Advani quotes from the book.

He also quotes the book to state that though it is common knowledge that Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar are in Pakistan, they have not been turned in, thus hinting at
complicity of the authorities in this.

PTI