New Delhi: India asserted that the interrogation of 26/11 key plotter Abu Jundal had "confirmed" that the terror attack was controlled from Pakistan, even as the foreign secretaries of the two countries held talks on peace and Jammu and Kashmir in a bid to keep the dialogue process on track. Jilani-Krishna meet Jilani will also call on External Affairs Minister SM Krishna before leaving for Islamabad on Friday. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) told a Delhi court that it wants custodial interrogation of the 26/11 key handler Abu Jundal to "get more information" about the conspiracy hatched by Lashkar-e-Toiba for terror strikes across India.
India, however, did not hand over a dossier on Abu Jundal to Pakistan at the talks as it was felt that doing so at this stage will hinder the probe. Assisted by senior officials, Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and his Pakistani counterpart Jalil Abbas Jilani held two sessions of delegation-level talks and decided to continue their dialogue Thursday.
"The foreign secretaries, along with their respective delegations, have had two full sessions of detailed discussions covering all aspects of the agenda under the items peace and security as well as Jammu and Kashmir," Syed Akbaruddin, India's external affairs ministry spokesperson, told reporters here.
In the opening round of talks, the two sides reviewed the dialogue process and focused on ways to bolster peace and security, including confidence-building measures (CBMs) aimed at easing trade and travel between the two countries. The two sides also decided to fast-track implementation of CBMs related to Jammu and Kashmir and press for an early resolution of the Kashmir issue, informed sources said.
The two nuclear-armed neighbours also reviewed the atomic CBMs aimed at preventing nuclear accidents and war.
The agenda for the talks had been fixed well in advance, but the disclosures made by Jundal, alias Zabiuddin Ansari, an Indian 26/11 plotter with suspected links to Pakistani militants and Pakistani state actors, has put the focus again on Pakistan's link to the Mumbai terror spree.
India is understood to have pressed for faster justice for the victims of the Mumbai terror carnage and drew the Pakistani side's attention to the disclosures made by Abu Jundal that established a link between 26/11 and Pakistani state agencies.
However, no dossier on Jundal was shared as the Indian Home Ministry felt that it was premature to do so when the probe was still on.
Jundal, who hails from Beed in Maharashtra, has confessed to being amongst those directing the 10 Pakistani terrorists who docked in Mumbai on the night of Nov 26, 2008, sources in the investigation team have said. He was arrested at the airport in Delhi June 21 after his deportation from Saudi Arabia.
Jundal is being interrogated by several investigating teams, including the Intelligence Bureau, Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad and a special Delhi Police team.
Jundal's passport shows his present and permanent address in Pakistan and his visa for Saudi Arabia had been also issued on the Pakistani passport. Islamabad has been in denial, calling Jindal's passport fake.
The Indian side is understood to have asked Pakistan to find out how the Pakistani passport and Pakistan's domestic identity cards were issued to Jundal in the name of Riyasat Ali.
India also renewed its demand for providing voice samples of key 26/11 accused, including LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and LeT operational commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.
26/11 controlled from Pak: Chidambaram
The interrogation of Abu Jindal Hamza has confirmed that the terror attack was being controlled from Pakistan, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said.
"We now know how the control room functioned. So I think the dots are being connected. It is no longer possible for anyone to deny that the incident happened in Mumbai but the control of the incident, before and during the incident was in Pakistan," Chidamabram said here.
The interrogation of Jindal, alias Syed Zabiuddin, showed how the control room of the Mumbai terror attack functioned, the minister said.
Chidambaram clarified that the government will not hand Pakistan a dossier on information obtained from Jindal, even as the foreign secretaries of the two countries started a dialogue here. Chidambaram said Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai had been briefed on the issue ahead of his talks with his Pakistani counterpart Jalil Abbas Jilani.
"We are not handing over a dossier but we have briefed the foreign secretary on information obtained during Jindal's interrogation. If he wishes, he can share it with his Pakistani counterpart," Chidambaram told reporters.
The minister also said the government would seek the extradition of software engineer Fasih Mehmood, wanted in several terror cases, from Saudi Arabia.
"We have received information about Fasih's detention in Saudi Arabia. Steps will be taken to extradite him," Chidambaram told reporters adding the Central Bureau of Investigation had issued a red corner notice on the matter.
NIA seeks Jundal's custody
The NIA said it was making the plea to get the custody of Jundal from the Delhi Police as it had registered a case on June 8 on the orders of the Ministry of Home Affairs about the alleged conspiracy hatched by the deported terrorist and others to wage war against India.
While Delhi Police opposed the handing over of Jundal's custody to NIA contending that he has been jointly interrogated by them and the NIA, the federal agency's plea to the court said it "wants more information" as the Centre has suo motu authorised it to investigate the case registered on June 8.
NIA's counsel Ahmed Khan submitted to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yaadav that the probe agency had not interrogated Jundal in relation to the June 8 FIR and that he was quizzed in the custody of Delhi police in connection with the case relating to the larger conspiracy in the Mumbai terror attack of 2008 involving US national David Coleman Headley.
Jundal has no remorse for Mumbai carnage
There is no remorse in Abu Jundal, the Indian national who has confessed to being in the control room in Karachi during the 2008 terror siege of Mumbai, say investigators, describing him as an intensely devout man who believes he did his "religious duty".
He has confessed to being amongst those directing the 10 Pakistani terrorists who docked in Mumbai on the night of Nov 26, 2008 and unleashed mayhem till November 28, sources in the investigation team said.
He has shown no regret for the November 26-28, 2008, attacks, in which 166 people, including several foreigners, were killed and 238 injured.
"Jundal has no regret for the deaths of 166 people in the 26/11 attack. He explained the deaths, saying that in the way of god people have to sacrifice not only their life but also leave their homes, relatives and family too," an officer in the interrogation said.
Jundal, who loves to expound on Islam and offers namaz five times a day during which he rubs his forehead against the floor as a true devout, told interrogators that the 2008 Mumbai carnage was "a part of his devotion for his religious duty called jihad".
Asked why he had chosen India for jihad, Jindal is believed to have told interrogators, "It's a religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad.... especially for the purpose of advancing Islam and repelling evil from Muslims."
He has been forthcoming in his replies regarding the role played by the LeT in the attack, but "tends to mumble" when it comes to the role of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency, say investigators.
An unrepentant Jindal told investigators that if he gets another chance, he will repeat the terror attack as it would help him get a place in jannat (heaven) through jihad.
New Delhi: India asserted that the interrogation of 26/11 key plotter Abu Jundal had "confirmed" that the terror attack was controlled from Pakistan, even as the foreign secretaries of the two countries held talks on peace and Jammu and Kashmir in a bid to keep the dialogue process on track.
Jilani will also call on External Affairs Minister SM Krishna before leaving for Islamabad on Friday.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) told a Delhi court that it wants custodial interrogation of the 26/11 key handler Abu Jundal to "get more information" about the conspiracy hatched by Lashkar-e-Toiba for terror strikes across India.