Pakistan admits links to Mumbai attacks, arrests chief suspects
But the government also unveiled a slew of foreign links pointing to a network of "non-state actors" providing logistical support from around the globe.
LAHORE, PAKISTAN – On Thursday, Pakistan admitted for the first time that last November's terrorist attacks on Mumbai were planned, at least partly, on Pakistani soil, signaling perhaps a new willingness to bring those responsible to justice after months of delays. But the government also seemed keen to dispel the notion that there was any official link between the attackers and any government agencies, instead portraying itself, along with other countries, as a hapless victim.
Pakistan's Interior Ministry Adviser Rehman Malik told a press conference that "some part of the conspiracy has taken place in Pakistan," adding that eight people had been arrested – including a few named by India as masterminds.
But he also unveiled a slew of foreign links pointing to a network of "non-state actors" providing logistical support from around the globe. These include:
- Internet phone accounts arranged in Barcelona
- a digital teleconferencing system in Houston
- the use of Indian mobile phone connections
- a domain name registered in Russia
- a satellite phone registered in a Middle Eastern country
- further links to Austria and Italy.....