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12 Pakistanis wanted in Mumbai attacks

Mumbai: At least 12 Pakistani nationals are wanted for their alleged involvement in funding and assisting the perpetrators of last month’s terror attacks in Mumbai, a senior police official said here on Thursday.

Mohammed Ajmal, the lone terrorist captured alive during the terror strikes, had revealed that around 12 Pakistani nationals had assisted, financed and communicated with the terrorists during the three-day operation, Rakesh Maria, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), said.

“We have their names. We are examining the role of each person.”

He did not say whether Dawood Ibrahim, declared a global terrorist by the U.S., was among them.

The crime branch of the police had established the roles of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), its founder Hafiz Saeed and functionaries Zakiur Rehman, Abu Hamza and Kahfa in hatching the conspiracy, training the terrorists and executing the attacks.

The police also suspect that the top LeT commander Zarar Shah, reportedly captured in the crackdown on militants earlier this month in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, acted as a public relations officer for the LeT.

Saeed, the founder of the LeT and the charity organisation, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, reportedly gave motivational and emotional speeches to the group of ten terrorists when they were training in Muridke.

On the applications given by lawyers seeking to represent Ajmal, Mr. Maria said: “We have received vakalatnama of a city- based lawyer K.B.N. Lam.

Two more applications were received from Kolkata-based lawyers.

“It all depends on Ajmal. It is up to him [to decide] from whom he accepts legal assistance. Ajmal has already written a letter seeking legal help from the Pakistan High Commission. We are awaiting their reply.” — PTI

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