Karachi/Islamabad, Feb 27: Going into denial mode once again, Pakistan on Friday, Feb 27 squarely laid the blame for the terror attacks on Mumbai on Nov 26, 2008 at the doorstep of the Indian Navy and Coast Guard.
Addressing a press conference here, Pakistan's Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Noman Bashir, categorically ruled out laying the blame for the terror strikes on the Pakistan Navy or the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), and added that the ten terrorists, including lone survivor Azam Amir Kasav, did not use the sea route from Pakistan to India to carry out their mission.
Admiral Bashir said: "There is no possibility of the sea route used by the terrorists involved in the Mumbai attacks. We have consistent surveillance on maritime border."
He claimed that the 26/11 is an indication of the failure of the Indian Navy.
Admiral Bashir's statement was a clear contradiction of the statement issued by the Pakistan Prime Minister's Adviser on Interior Affairs, Rehman Malik, who had said that the sea route was used by the terrorists to enter Mumbai from Karachi.
Pakistan, on Thursday, Feb 26 had demanded reply to its 30 queries, within 30 days, regarding the Mumbai terror attacks which it tabled before New Delhi following acceptance of its involvement in the 26/11.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani's Advisor on Interior Affairs, Rehman Malik had asked India to respond by mid-March so that the accused taken into custody could be interrogated during the remand period.
"The court can give maximum 30 days remand of the accused to FIA, therefore it is very necessary that India must give the reply the earliest," Malik had said.
Talking to media persons after holding a meeting with Interior Secretary Kamal Shah, the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) Director General (DG) Tariq Khosa, and other top officials, Malik said Islamabad is investigating the incident sincerely and is fully committed to bringing the perpetrators to book.
He said India's response was necessary for further proceedings.IA DG Tariq Khosa informed that the Anti-Terrorism Court has granted remand to the accused persons till March 12.
Pakistan has asked India for several documents including the mobile phone number which Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving Mumbai terrorist, was using during the three day cease, and logs of terrorists' and perpetrators' cell phone interceptions .
It also demanded DNA samples and 'clear' photographs of the ten terrorists killed during the operation.