26/11 attacks showing up Bangla connections: Pak

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Islamabad, Feb 5: Pakistan's report on Mumbai terror attacks is showing up Bangaldeshi connections. The report is indicating that the attacks are the handiwork of a network of Muslim fundamentalist groups in South Asia. The report also includes the involvement of banned militant organisation, Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami of Bangladesh, a news report said.

The report is likely to indicate that the Mumbai attack was handiwork of an 'international network of Muslim fundamentalists" present in South Asia and spread all the way to Middle East; and may build the case for regional anti-terror cooperation, the Dawn newspaper on Thursday, Feb 5 quoted its sources as saying.

The daily reported that the sleuths were closing in on a Bangladeshi connections and 'evidence of its role in planning the attack and training the terrorists'.

A refernce about this will be likely made in the report on Pak's investigation, the daily said. It is widely expected that the report will be made public and shared with India later this week.

The Pakistani investigators were also trying to ascertain 'if at least one of the Mumbai attackers was of Bangladeshi origin', the newspaper said.

Certain news agencies have mentioned that the Pakistani security establishment and the senior-most American diplomats here had been referring to a possible Bangladeshi connection to the Mumbai attacks in the past few days.

The report on Mumbai attacks are guarded secreat, but the Dawn quoted sources privy to its contents as saying that it would "emphasise that the Mumbai incident is not strictly a Pakistan-India issue".

"Investigators believe it would have been almost impossible to plan and execute an attack of this proportion and sophistication without the local Indian support – a fact India is shying away from," it reported.

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OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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