Rehman Malik blames Indian agencies for failure to prevent 26/11

Rehman Malik

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik today blamed Indian security agencies for their 'failure' to prevent the Mumbai terror attack and alleged that Indian non-state actors were involved in the massacre.

Malik also said had there been interaction between Pakistan and India and regular sharing of information, the 26/11 attack could have been prevented.

He said Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley had conspired with Al Qaeda terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri, a retired major of Pakistan Army and three Indian terrorists Abu Jundal, Jabbiullah and Fahim Ansari -- and roamed freely and plotted India's worst terror attack.

"So it is not a state sponsored drama, state sponsored action. It is action by non-state actors. Triangular nexus between Headley, (Ilyas) Kashmiri, the enemy of Pakistan, a Major who deserted the Pakistan Army, having joined LeT and of course three Indians," he said delivering a lecture at Observer Research Foundation.

Malik said during investigation, it has come to be known that they carried out recce of the targets and shot films uninterrupted and without notice of law enforcement agencies.

"If you put things together, there are three guys, one coming from the US, and he has that money, he has got credit cards, he has moved all over, he had created franchise, he had created a social circle. All these should have come to the attention of some agencies.

"Now the agencies failed. Both here and Pakistan. So, we have failed. Why? Because, there was no interaction between Pakistan and India," he said.

The Pakistani leader advised Indians not to hide matters of terror and investigation else things would may go out of hands.

"Of course, I have to tell the truth to your country, to your people so that we find a way forward. If you hide things, the things will continue to move same way and a time will come when you will not be able to handle and control," he said.

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