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Lakhvi steered 26/11 centre: Jundal

The presence of LeT commander Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi inside the control room of the 26/11 operation, secured in a military cantonment, has come as a big embarassment for the Pakistani establishment, which is yet to explain the presence of Osama Bin Laden in a military cantonment in Abbotabad. The confessions made by 26/11 handler Abu Jundal has unravelled the double-faced diplomacy of Pakistan.

It has been learnt from his interrogation that the control room, which had been set up to monitor the Mumbai carnage was located in the VIP area in Malir cantonment near Karachi. He has also reportedly said that Sajid Mir, an ISI officer, was present as in-charge. Mir had been described as a handler by David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani national arrested in the US for his role in surveying Mumbai on behalf of the Lashkar ahead of 26/11.  

Abu Jundal was apprehended on 21 June from the Delhi International Airport after Saudi Arabia deported him. He is under Delhi police custody till 7 July. The Delhi police has already issued a non-bailable warrant against him in June in the charge-sheet filed against 11 apprehended IM operatives.
 
Sources also said that security agencies are getting more crucial information from Jundal. India would use this to prove that 'state actors' from Pakistan were aware of the attack being unleashed upon Mumbai. Abu Hamza has also allegedly told interrogators in Delhi that he and five other handlers tutored the terrorists in Mumbai on satellite phones.  

Meanwhile, external affairs minister S M Krishna said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia cooperated with India in catching Jundal and that he was nabbed after nearly a year-long operation by the Indian intelligence. 'Some very intense bargaining and a DNA test led Saudi authorities to cooperate. The tables were turned following a DNA test. Authorities in India obtained a sample from Jundal's family and sent it to Saudi and won its support,' said Krishna.


MAHARASHTRA MINISTER DENIES JUNDAL LINK

A senior Maharashtra minister has denied any links with the arrested Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) handler of 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack Abu Jundal and said that she is ready to face any probe.

The Nationalist Congress Party leader and minister of state for education Fauzia Khan said, 'I am not aware who he is, where is he from. If he is a terrorist and is working against the country. It is good news that he has been arrested,' she told reporters. 'I will extend all cooperation in the investigation and I am ready to face any such probe,' the minister said.

Khan hails from Parbhani district in Marathwada region.

Asked if she was aware that Jundal hailed from Beed, which is also in Marathwada region, the minister said, 'I do not who he is and where he is from.'

The minister's remarks came after allegations that Jundal, an Indian mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, allegedly spent a day in a room belonging to Khan, then an MLC, at the old Legislators' hostel near the state secretariat in 2009.
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