Mumbai attacks: The mystery behind ‘pink box’
New Delhi: As per the latest WikiLeaks “India Cables”, the United States believed that a pink box was found at one of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks sites and that it could play a pivotal role in proving the Pakistani angle to the attacks, but was peeved that India was not sharing information about it.
As per the US Embassy cable from Islamabad ( 204888: confidential) sent by Charge d'Affaires Gerald Feierstein on April 30, 2009, accessed by a leading newspaper, Pakistan had handed over to US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation a similar box recovered during the probe in that country.
As per the cables, the US was of the view that pink box handed over to them by Pakistan was “possibly the most important piece of evidence shared with the FBI,” as it would help in proving the charge that the conspiracy to launch an attack on India’s financial nerve centre was hatched in Pakistan.
However, the US felt that for the successful “analysis” of the evidence, India needs to provide samples of the foam-covered pink box recovered from Mumbai and the reluctance on India’s part was hampering the successful prosecution of the case in Pakistan.
In Pakistan, the pink box was recovered by country’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from a training camp in Sindh province that was attended by the Mumbai attackers. The FBI was looking to match the foam and glue samples of the box with the one found in India.
Moreover, as per the cables, the US officials had assisted the Pakistani investigators to prepare the prosecution case against the five men then in judicial custody — LeT operations commander Zaki ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Hammad Ameen Sadiq, Mazhar Iqbal (aka al Qama), Abdul Wajid (aka Zarrar Shah), and Shahid Jamil Riaz.
The communication emphasised that in order to successfully prosecute them, Pakistan needs significant evidence sharing from both the US and India.
However, the fact remains that India and Pakistan had been exchanging a number of dossiers purportedly containing crucial information about the conspiracy behind the dastardly attack on November 26, 2008.
India had all along stressed that it had handed over to Pakistan all the evidence it needed to prosecute those responsible for the crime but Pakistan had been claiming that there is no credible proof to implicate the likes of Jammat-ud-Dawaah chief Hafiz Saeed and others in the case.