India Offers Evidence Tying Pakistan to Mumbai Attacks

Materials include talks with gunman, phone data
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 5, 2009 8:26 AM CST
Pakistanis, bottom, and Indian citizens, top, gather at the main gates after the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony at the India and Pakistan joint border check post of Wagah, Dec 25, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – India gave Pakistan the most detailed evidence yet that, it says, ties the militants who attacked Mumbai to "elements" in Pakistan, responding today to weeks of demands from Islamabad for proof of such claims. India has blamed the November attacks that killed 164 people on Pakistani-based militants, but Islamabad has denied the accusations.

The evidence handed to Pakistan’s high commissioner included material from the interrogation of the lone surviving gunman, details of conversations between the gunmen and their alleged handlers in Pakistan, recovered weapons, and data from satellite phones, said a statement from India's foreign ministry. "It is our expectation that the government of Pakistan will promptly undertake further investigations in Pakistan and share the results with us so as to bring the perpetrators to justice,” the statement said.