Islamabad quizzes N. Delhi on Indian officer's claim India 'staged Parliament, Mumbai' attacks

Islamabad, July 19 (ANI): Pakistan has asked India to clarify its stand after an Indian government officer claimed that the 2001 Parliament and 2008 Mumbai attacks were engineered by New Delhi.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry said that Pakistan's High Commissioner in New Delhi contacted the Indian government over the startling disclosure.

The issue was also raised by Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani during a meeting with newly-appointed Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr Raghavan.

According to the Express Tribune, last week, a former officer in the Indian Home Ministry alleged that Indian government orchestrated the two high-profile terrorist attacks.

India has been officially holding Pakistan-based militant groups responsible for the attacks.

RVS Mani, who as Home Ministry under-secretary signed the affidavits submitted in court in the Ishrat Jahan 'fake encounter case', said that Satish Verma, a former member of the Central Bureau of Investigation-SIT probe team, told him that both the 2001 attack on Indian Parliament and the 2008 Mumbai attacks were planned with the objective of strengthening counter-terror legislation, the report said.

Mani said that according to Verma, the attack on the Indian Parliament was followed by the Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act and the attacks in Mumbai were followed by an amendment to the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.(ANI)

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