Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari, arrested last week after his deportation from Saudi Arabia, has told Indian authorities that Pakistani military and intelligence officials participated in planning the 2008 attack.
Indian authorities have arrested a man believed to have been remotely directing the terrorists who carried out the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people.
Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari, who is also known as Abu Jundal, was arrested after officials in Saudi Arabia deported him at the request of the Indian government. Mr. Ansari is believed to be the only Indian who took part in the attack, orchestrated by Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Indian officials say that since his arrest on June 21, Mr. Ansari has played a critical part in potentially revealing the role of the Pakistani government and intelligence service in the attack. In custody, the LeT member has reportedly already told Indian authorities that officials from the Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and military participated in planning the three-day attack on Mumbai.
India has long accused Pakistan of involvement in the attack, something that officials in Islamabad have denied. If Indian authorities verify Ansari’s claims, it is likely to strain relations even further between the two neighbors and isolate Pakistan on the international stage.