Responding to a Pakistan foreign office statement that it requires more evidence in the Mumbai attacks case, the external affairs ministry said, “The entire planning of the dastardly Mumbai terrorist attack was hatched in Pakistan, the training of the terrorists who launched that attack was undertaken in Pakistan, the financing of the conspiracy was in Pakistan.
“It, therefore, follows that 99 per cent of the evidence will be available in Pakistan. It is incumbent on the authorities there to present that evidence in order to bring to book the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks.”
1. If they can conduct such a fine-tuned operation, would they leave enough evidence?
2. If the Pakistani Intel agencies are involved, will they ever admit to it?
3. How is it incumbent on an aggressor to confess?
4. Is there any conclusive proof that because the plot was hatched there, the evidence will be in the same place? Could it not be a more broad-based plan?
5. Since the MEA has reached this conclusion now, how will it justify its tardiness and wrongful arrests of Indian citizens in the plot?
6. If 99 per cent of the evidence is in Pakistan, where is the one percent and why does it have no significance?
7. Does all this mean that Ajmal Kasab was given the death sentence based on this one percent evidence, when 99 percent is in Pakistan, the country that refused to accept his last remains?
This is going to be one more of those to-and-fro investigations that keep both the Track 11 and the governments in business. They politely call it diplomacy.
© Farzana Versey