Pakistani terror group carried out Mumbai attack, admits ex-Pakistan NSA
New Delhi: Former Pakistan National Security Advisor (NSA) Mahmud Ali Durrani on Monday admitted that a terrorist group based in his country carried out the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.
This is the first admission by any high-ranking Pakistani official that confirms India’s stand that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) plotted and executed the carnage nine years ago.
“I hate to admit that the 26/11 Mumbai attack carried out by a terror group in Pakistan is a classic trans-border terrorist event,” said Durrani, who was the NSA when 10 Pakistani terrorists sailed into Mumbai on November 26, 2008 and killed 166 Indians and foreigners.
Durrani was speaking here at the 19th Asian Security Conference held at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses.
The former Pakistan NSA also hit out at JUD chief Hafiz Saeed, who is presently under house arrest in Lahore under the anti-terrorism law.
“Hafiz Saeed has no utility, we should act against him,” Durrani said.
India had earlier this month asked Pakistan to reinvestigate the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case+ and put on trial JuD chief Hafiz Saeed.