Ajit Doval Had Planned To Confront Pakistan's Sartaj Aziz Over Shoddy 26/11 Probe

24/08/2015 9:57 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 5: (file photo) Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at Home Ministry, on February 5, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Doval was born in 1945 to a Garhwali family in the village of Ghiri Banelsyun in Pauri Garhwal in the erstwhile princely state of Tehri Garhwal, now in Uttarakhand. Doval's father had served in the Indian Army. He was undercover in Pakistan for 7 years posing as a Pakistani Muslim in Lahore. In 1999, when the Indian Airlines flight IC-814 was hijacked from Kathmandu and flown to Kandahar with the passengers as hostages, Doval was India's main negotiator with the hijackers. In Kashmir, he infiltrated the militant outfits and was able to turn militants into peacemakers. The transforming of rabid anti-India militant Kuka Parray into a pro-India peacenik was a notable triumph of Doval. Some of the credit for peace in Kashmir in the last decade should go to the current NSA. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — India has been urging Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of Mumbai's 26/11 attacks to justice, with little success. Ajit Doval, the national security advisor, has said that he would have tried again in August if the talks had not been cancelled.

Indian authorities have said that Hafiz Sayeed, the head of terror organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), was one of the masterminds of the attacks. He roams freely in Pakistan, and Doval had planned to point out that investigations there have been shoddy, reports the Times of India. Both Ajmal Kasab and Abu Jundal, the captured terrorists who killed 168 people during the attacks, have told the police that Sayeed was one of the people who gave them instructions on how to go about creating mayhem in Mumbai.

Apart from Sayeed, his close confidant Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a top leader in LeT, is also free now after posting bail. The Indian government has said that Pakistani investigators did not file a robust case against him which might have prevented bail.

Doval also planned to raise the issue of two Pakistani army officers, who were also involved in the 26/11 conspiracy. Their identity or involvement was never investigated by Pakistan.

Talks between the national security advisors of both countries was cancelled after India raised objections over two points: Pakistan representative Sartaj Aziz meeting hardline leaders of the Hurriyat Conference, and insisting that the disputed region of Kashmir be included in the talks.

India and Pakistan both claim parts of Jammu & Kashmir as their own, and have fought two wars over the territory since independence in 1947.

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