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US shares credible information with Pak on Lakhvi

Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi

Washington: The US has shared “credible evidence” with Pakistan on LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi’s involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attack, a senior official has said, days after America reminded Pakistan of its commitment to bring 26/11 perpetrators to justice.

“The US has provided credible evidence (on Lakhvi) to Pakistan,” a senior US official told on condition of anonymity.

The official, however, did not give any details on the issue, saying this is an ongoing legal matter.

The information provided by the US to Pakistan on Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Lakhvi and others related to the Mumbai terrorist attack is credible, the official said.

The detailed information shared by the US on individuals related to the Mumbai terrorist attack is based on the interrogation by David Headley, who is currently serving a jail sentence for his involvement in the attack, and the information gained from him.

Various security agencies and intelligence wings of the United States have done their own investigation with regard to the Mumbai terrorist attack.

The information comes after the US last week said there is a strong counter-terrorism cooperation with Pakistan and urged Islamabad to follow through on its commitment on bringing to justice the 26/11 perpetrators.

“The Government of Pakistan has pledged its cooperation in bringing the perpetrators, financiers and sponsors of the Mumbai terrorist attacks to justice, and we urge Pakistan to follow through on that commitment,” State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki had said.

55-year-old Lakhvi, the Mumbai attack mastermind, is currently in detention in Pakistan under a public security order. Lakhvi was detained last week before he could be released from jail following a court directive to set him free which had evoked a strong protest from India.

Lakhvi and six others — Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum — have been charged with planning and executingthe Mumbai attacks in November, 2008, that left 166 people, including six Americans, dead. The trial has been underway in Pakistan since 2009.

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