Indian police blame Pakistan for 7/11 train bombings

Mumbai/Islamabad, September 30 :

Indian police today blamed July’s deadly train bombings in Mumbai on Pakistan’s intelligence agency and the outlawed pro-Pakistan militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

“We have solved the 7/11 bomb blast case,” Mumbai police commissioner AN Roy said, referring to the July 11 attacks that killed 186 people and injured more than 800.

“This whole business was planned by the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) in Pakistan and the LeT, and local operatives here helped them,” he told a news conference. LeT, a pro-Pakistan

Islamist group has been blamed for previous attacks in India. Pakistan and LeT have repeatedly denied involvement.

In July, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said that the attackers had support “from across the border,” a charge that stalled the peace process with Pakistan, with which India has fought three wars.

Seven blasts went off in the space of 15 minutes along Mumbai’s western railway line, tearing open first-class train carriages that were packed with people travelling home from work.

Meanwhile, a report from Islamabad said Pakistan today rejected the Indian claim that Pakistan’s spy agency masterminded the July 11 Mumbai train bombings.

A report from London quoted Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf as saying today in an interview with BBC radio that the US and its allies will fail in the so-called “war on terror” without the support of Pakistan and its intelligence service.