Pakistan Admits Mumbai Gunman Is Citizen
Concession comes after India shares 100-page evidence dossier
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Jan 7, 2009 3:04 PM CST
Indian police officers stand guard outside Mumbai police headquarters where the only surviving attacker is held. Pakistan has confirmed that he is a Pakistani citizen.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Pakistani government finally admitted today that the lone surviving gunman from November’s Mumbai attacks is its citizen, the BBC reports. It’s the first time India’s rival conceded a connection to the terrorist siege, despite weeks of heavy US pressure to comply. The foot-dragging was partly to appease Pakistanis, who resent India’s haste to blame them, adds the Los Angeles Times.

Pakistan’s admission came after India presented its nuclear neighbor with a 100-page evidence dossier, including transcripts of intercepted calls between the militants and allegedly Pakistan-based handlers. During the three-day onslaught, higher-ups encouraged the exhausted killers to persist. “We have three foreigners, including women,” a gunman says in one call. “Kill them,” was the reply.