A day after seeking to draw a comparison between Babri Mosque demolition and Mumbai terror attack, Rehman Malik was at it again saying that Abu Jundal, who had coordinated the terror strikes in Mumbai, worked for an Indian intelligence agency.
“Abu Jundal is an Indian. We are also curious as to how he and others landed in Pakistan. He was a known criminal. He worked as a source of an Indian intelligence agency. I am not saying this. He himself has said so. I have seen records,” Malik said in an exclusive conversation with an India channel.
Malik also underlined the involvement of two other Indians, including Ansari (Fahimuddin) in the 26/11 attack, who had been to Pakistan. “We have to figure out all these, whether non-state actors from the two sides are acting at the instance of a third power. You are aware that things had taken an alarming turn, with both countries massing their troops on the border. Things would have been worse if the leadership on both sides had not shown maturity,” said Malik.
Malik further said the trial would have been completed by now if a Judicial Commission from Pakistan had been allowed to cross-examine the four crucial Indian witnesses in the Mumbai attack case when it had visited India (in March, 2012). He also said that with the Indian government agreeing to let in the judicial commission visit Mumbai and cross-examine the witnesses “very soon”, the trial in Pakistan in the 26/11 case would be concluded swiftly.
Responding to a question, Malik repeated his insistence that the two countries should let bygones and be bygones in order to have better ties: a pitch which is seen by here as code for saying that India should drop its insistence for punishment to 26/11 perpetrators as the pre-condition for discussing Jammu & Kashmir and other contentious issues.