Shame: Pakistan says 26/11 accused is innocent: Drops Charges


Unfortunately, but not surprisingly for a country that uses terror as a state instrument, Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has dropped charges against an accused in the 26/11 Mumbai attack case citing a ‘lack of evidence’.

The official said: “Zafar’s role in providing finances to a Mumbai attacks suspect(s) has not been established.” He said Zafar would not be charge-sheeted in the court for alleged allegations. Sufayan Zafar was accused of financing Rs 14,800 for Mumbai attack and providing Rs 3.98 million to co-accused Shahid Jameel Riaz prior to the attack.

Zafar was arrested last month on a charge of financing the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in November, 2008. FIA documents revealed that Zafar, a former activist of the now banned Lashkar-e-Taiba , had provided financial assistance to other suspects in the case. The chargesheet against him mentioned that he had transferred funds into a suspect’s account.

Waseem Ranjha, FIA’s deputy director (legal), informed the court that they were interrogating Zafar in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail. Zafar was hiding after being declared proclaimed offender in the Mumbai case. He was arrested early last month from his hideout in Kyber-Pakhtaunkhawa province.

Prime suspect LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, believed to be the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, has been in hiding after getting bail over a year ago. Some 166 people were killed in the attack carried out by 10 LeT men. Nine terrorists were killed while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was captured and later executed.