India on Thursday gave Islamabad three dossiers and asked for action against the 34 terrorists operating out of Pakistan including the 26/11 attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and two Pakistani army majors who financed, trained and handled terrorists like David Coleman Headley.
New Delhi also pointed to the Karachi project referred to by Headley, his handlers and also by a man claiming to represent a breakaway terror group, Lashkar-e-Taiba al-Almi.
One of the three dossiers is on Ilyas Kashmiri, a top operative of the Lashkar and Al-Qaeda commander. The second focuses on the absconding accused in the Mumbai attacks that killed more than 160 people.
The third lists 24 men holed up in Pakistan including Indian Mujahideen activists and seven Khalistan terrorists.
Determined to keep terrorism on the top of the talks agenda between foreign secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir, New Delhi also named two Pakistani army officers, Major Iqbal and Major Sameer Ali.
The FBI had told Indian investigators that these two officers were involved in handling the terror plot. Major Iqbal, believed to be a pseudonym, had handed over $ 25,000 to Headley before sending him to India on reconnaissance missions.
This is the first time that India has asked Islamabad to act against people — terrorists and their supporters in Islamabad’s intelligence community – in context of the Headley case.
“We have also asked them to expand the scope of the parallel probe being carried out by Pakistani agencies into the Mumbai attack to cover other masterminds and conspirators too,” a government source said.
India believes that Islamabad has selectively acted on information and proceeded against some people such as Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi but hadn’t even started looked at the involvement of other masterminds.
“It is not a bundle of evidence against them but details their involvement in terrorist acts and the information available with Indian agencies,” a government official said.