Tuesday, December 16, 2008
US investigators say Ajmal is Pak national Islamabad, Dec 16: American investigators who questioned Ajmal Amir Iman, the lone terrorist captured during the Mumbai attack, are convinced he is a Pakistani national and that the terrorist strike was planned and executed by the Lashkar-e-Toiba, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday. Pakistan admits non-state actors are its responsibilityInvestigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation were given access to Ajmal for nine hours and after questioning him, they came to the conclusion that he was a Pakistani national as contended by Indian authorities, the sources told a news agency. The sources, familiar with the probe being conducted by the FBI team dispatched to Mumbai, said American investigators were also convinced that the Mumbai attacks were intricately planned and directed by the LeT leaders based in Pakistan. "The investigators believe the attacks were planned, coordinated and directed from Pakistan by LeT leaders," a source said. These findings fit in with comments by top American leaders like Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Admiral Mike Mullen, the senior-most US military official, who have asked Pakistan to take quick action against "non-state actors" based on Pakistani soil who were linked to the Mumbai attacks. Though Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has ruled out allowing the British police to quiz the suspects Pakistan had detained in connection with the Mumbai attacks, the diplomatic sources said it would be hard pressed to take such a stance if the FBI made a similar request as India had already given American investigators access to Ajmal.