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Pakistan, ISI played vital role in training blasts accused: SC

Pakistan, ISI played vital role in training blasts accused: SC
The Supreme Court on Thursday, while delivering its judgment in the Mumbai serial blasts case, criticised Pakistan for its role in the blasts. It said that Pakistan and its spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) played a vital role in imparting training to the accused which materialised in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. It said that the conspiracy was hatched by Dawood Ibrahim, Tiger Memom and others and it was executed with the help of Pakistani authorities.

A bench of justices P Sathasivam and BS Chauhan said that Dawood Ibrahim and other absconding accused along with Tiger Memon ‘were archers and rest of the accused were arrows in their hands.’ The court observed that the accused were provided with green channel facility in Pakistan and they entered Pakistan from Dubai and received training from ISI which took them out of Islamabad airport without observing any immigration rules.

‘In the relevant scenario, the accused arrived in Pakistan for training and they were received by ISI operatives who took them out of the airport without observing any immigration formalities, meaning thereby, they had a green channel entry and exist in Pakistan. Another confession reveals that they received training from the ISI officials themselves on some occasions. These events unveil the tolerance and encouragement shown by Pakistan towards terrorism,’ observed the court.

The court said a large number of convicted and absconding persons received training in making RDX and using automatic weapons like AK 56 and hand grenades in Pakistan. Confessional statements of the accused make it clear that the management of the training was in the hands of Dawood and others, the bench said. It also observed that some police officials were also actively involved in the smuggling of explosives.

‘A responsible state owes an obligation not only to another state but also to the international community as a whole. We sincerely hope that every State will strive towards the same,’ said the court.
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