Pakistan indicts seven Islamist fundamentalists over Mumbai attacks


One of the protests by Indian Muslims against the Mumbai terrorism
Daylife/AP Photo by Ajit Solanki

A Pakistani court on has charged seven suspects in connection with the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people one year ago.

The men were indicted at an anti-terrorism court in a high security prison in the city of Rawalpindi on the eve of the first anniversary of India’s worst militant attacks, which dramatically soured relations with rival Pakistan…

Among the seven, who were arrested by Pakistan over the November 26-29 siege on India’s financial capital, are alleged mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and alleged key Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Zarar Shah…

They have been indicted under the anti-terrorism act and the Pakistani penal code,’ said their attorney, Shahbaz Rajput, without elaborating…

According to news agency Press Trust of India, the latest information handed to Pakistan included statements of key witnesses, including a magistrate and FBI officials, from the trial of the lone gunman to survive the attacks.

The gunman, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, has confessed to his involvement in the attacks in a dramatic announcement to a court in Mumbai.

If you think the announcement just coincidentally happened within the context of Obama’s state dinner for the Prime Minister of India, you may also believe the same holds true for the timing of India handing over additional evidence on the case – to Pakistan authorities.

Am I being cynical, again? You betcha.

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