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December 07, 2008

Inside Man in India? Kashmiri Undercover Agent May Have Assisted Mumbai Terrorists

Why are police demanding his release?

Even if he's innocent, seems to me he's worth looking at.

Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir today demanded the release of one of their undercover agents after he was arrested by police in Delhi for allegedly supplying a mobile SIM card used by the Mumbai gunmen.

Mukhtar Ahmed, 35, originally from Indian-controlled Kashmir, was detained on Friday in Delhi. He is being held with another man, Tauseef Rehman, 26, who was arrested in his home city of Calcutta on the same day. …

The arrests of the two men also provided the first indication that the Indian authorities, who have so far insisted that the Mumbai attacks were planned in and launched from Pakistan, believe the gunmen may have received help from inside India.

It is alleged that both men were in Calcutta in October when Mr Rehman used a dead relative’s identification to buy several SIM cards, some of which were later used by the Mumbai terrorists. Mr Rehman gave or sold the SIM cards to Mr Ahmed, police allege. Both men have been charged with fraud and criminal conspiracy.

Also at the link: Condi Rice affirms the plot was hatched in Pakistan. And also swiped from Hot Air: As might have been guessed, the US talked India down from an attack to "teach Pakistan a lesson:

The Pakistani High Commissioner in London, Wajid Shamsul Hassan, said he had learned from sources that India was about to launch a military strike to "teach Pakistan a lesson".

Speaking to Sky News, he said: "On the day of the Mumbai attacks, I got some information in London that India was going to act very drastically against Pakistan in retaliation to what happened."

The senior diplomat said had alerted the Pakistani government and President Asif Ali Zardari to the threat.

In turn, Mr Zardari urgently contacted high level British and American officials who intervened to calm the situation.

Who can say if this is a good thing or bad. Pakistan's behavior never seems to change.

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