26/11 attackers were Pakistanis: Nawaz told US
On November 26, 2008, a group of gunmen landed on Mumbai shores and launched coordinated attacks in India’s commercial capital.
Karachi: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif believed that the terrorists, who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008, were Pakistani in origin, according to a US diplomatic cable unveiled by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.
The cable, sent by Acting Principal Officer Clinton Taylor of the US Consulate in Lahore on Dec 9, 2008, describes, how the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief told a visiting delegation of US senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham that he had listened to the phone call made by one of the attackers to an Indian TV channel, and even though the individual claimed he was Indian, he had heard a Pakistani accent.
Although Nawaz later refused claims that the terrorists were from Pakistan, he showed no signs of being in doubt about their Pakistani origin at the December 6 meeting, a news reports.
“The people involved (in 26/11 Mumbai attacks) were from this country - I am convinced,” Nawaz Sharif is quoted as saying.
“We must take strictest action against those elements,” he declared, adding that once India produces concrete evidence, “we should proceed whole hog.”
Nawaz was perhaps trying to stay in the good books of the United States, and in doing so, securing his prospects as a future leader of the country, the paper said.
Further cementing his image as a secular and fair politician, the PML-N chief also told the senators that his party had acted responsibly with the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) to fight terrorism.
On November 26, 2008, a group of gunmen landed on Mumbai shores and launched coordinated attacks on hotels, a railroad station and a Jewish center in India’s commercial capital.
Several people were held hostage over the next three days, and at least 166 people were killed before Indian commandos smoked out the last of the terrorists on November 28, 2008. (ANI)