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.