Mumbai terrorists did come through sea
India on Saturday dismissed Pakistan's contention that the 26/11 terrorists did not use the sea to enter Mumbai, saying 'thorough investigations' had proved that the men did take that route.
Speaking at a function at the Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL), Defence Minister AK Antony said: "After the 26/11 incident, our agencies have done thorough investigations and come to the conclusion that the attackers had come through the sea route."
Indian Navy chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta reiterated the point at the same function: "We all know our investigating agencies are competent and have provided excellent documents that this (the arrival of the attackers) has happened over the sea route."
Both men were reacting to Pakistani Navy chief Admiral Noman Bashir's claim on Friday that Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone Mumbai terrorist caught alive, did not sail to India.
"There is no proof that Kasab took the sea route," Pakistani Navy chief Admiral Noman Bashir said at a press conference in Islamabad.
At the same time, he admitted that patrolling the waters on the Pakistani side of the international border off the Gujarat coast was "difficult" due to the dispute over the Sir Creek.
India says Kasab and nine other Pakistanis had set sail from Karachi, hijacked a trawler after entering Indian waters and finally used a rubber boat to sneak into Mumbai Nov 26, 2008 and embarked on a killing spree that lasted over 60 hours.
Kasab is now in the custody of the Mumbai police, which Wednesday filed a charge sheet naming him and 34 others, all of them operatives of the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror groups, for the Mumbai carnage that claimed the lives of more than 170 people.
Kasab is also one of the eight men named in a case registered by Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency on the Mumbai attacks.
Bashir also sought to discount suggestions that Pakistan was engaged in an arms race with India.