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India to Give Mumbai Bomb Evidence to Pakistan

  • VOA News

India's foreign secretary says New Delhi will turn over evidence to Islamabad showing that Pakistan's military intelligence agency planned the July 11th train bombings in Mumbai that killed 186 people.

Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon said on Sunday that India has evidence that the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency plotted the attacks and Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba helped plant the bombs.

Mumbai's police chief A.N. Roy first made the allegations at a news conference Saturday.

Pakistan immediately denied the accusations, calling them baseless and irresponsible. Its deputy information minister Tariq Azim demanded that India provide Islamabad with any evidence it has.

Roy said the explosives used in the blasts were found to have come from Pakistan and that the operatives who carried out the bombings were also trained in that country.

The bombs exploded within 15 minutes on seven commuter trains in Mumbai at evening rush hour on July 11th.

After the bombings, India halted a two-year-old peace process between the nuclear-armed neighbors. It said the attackers had support from across the border.

But earlier this month, the two countries decided to resume peace talks and establish a joint mechanism to fight terrorism.

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