Skip to comments.[Mumbai Attack] 26/11 calls traced to Pak serving colonel
Posted on 02/25/2009 11:49:01 AM PST by MyTwoCopperCoins
MUMBAI: The VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) calls made by the 26/11 terrorists to their handlers have been traced to a serving colonel of the Pakistani army, investigations have revealed.
Although the 11,509-page chargesheet in the 26/11 case filed by the Mumbai police on Wednesday does not spell this out explicitly, it does name the officer as Colonel R Sadatullah from the SCO.
The SCO, army sources say, stands for Special Communications Organization, a telecommunications agency of the Pakistani government which is run by officers from the army's signals corps and operates only in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and the conflict-wracked Northern Areas.
During the 58-hour siege of Mumbai, a total of 284 calls, running into 995 minutes, were made by the terrorists using mobile phones from the Taj Mahal hotel, Oberoi-Trident and Nariman House to their handlers in Pakistan. They took the minutest of instructions from their handlers sitting in Pakistan. The Pak-based co-conspirators also gave their agents in Mumbai pep talks to keep them going.
The chargesheet says that the calls which were made over VoIP a cheap way of making international calls using the net were traced back to an IP address created with Callphonex, a VoIP service provider based in New Jersey, USA.
The payments for this were made by opening an account in the name of Kharak Singh from India. However, the payments to this account were made on two occasions by wire transfer through MoneyGram and Western Union Money Transfer by two Pakistani nationals, Javed Iqbal and Mohammed Ishtiaq.
These two, while communicating with Callphonex, used the e-mail id email@example.com. This e-mail id was accessed from at least 10 IP addresses, says the chargesheet. One of them, 126.96.36.199, belongs to Col R Sadatullah whose official address is SCO, Qasim Rd, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Sadatullah's official e-mail id is firstname.lastname@example.org, which police say is the official e-mail service for all SCO officers.
One of the wanted accused is `Major General sahab' whose name crops up repeatedly in the taped conversation between the terrorists and their handlers. Incidentally, the general manager of SCO happens to be Major General Muhammad Khalid Rao, who joined the Signals Corps in 1979.
Asked about the involvement of the Pakistani army, joint commissioner (crime) Rakesh Maria said, ``We are looking into the involvement of two army personnel, who could be supposedly serving or retired.''
The chargesheet is against 38 persons, 35 of them yet to be apprehended. The three who are in police custody include the lone Pakistani terror operative caught alive, Ajmal Amir Kasab, and two Indians, Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ansari.
The 35 wanted accused include high-profile Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives. Kasab was not brought to court because of security concerns. Described as an LeT operative responsible for the conspiracy and the attack on Mumbai, he was charged under nine different laws, including waging war on the government of India under the Indian Penal Code. The other charges are under the Foreigners' Act, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Railways Protection Act, the Explosives Act, the Explosive Substances Act, the Arms Act, the Bombay Police Act and the Customs Act.
* The origin of the detonators used in explosives and the AK-47s is still not known.
* M V Kuber, in which they entered Mumbai, was not hijacked.
* There was no direct local support provided to the 10 terrorists.
* After the terrorists landed at Badhwar Park, two took a dinghy to the shore near Oberoi.
* There were no phone calls made by the terrorists to any government agency or police for negotiation.
* The terrorists made a call to the Israeli embassy from Nariman House but made no demands.
* The whereabouts of Al-Husseini in which the terrorists set out from Pakistan are not known.
Uh oh! I assume this is a reputable news outlet, as far as those exist?
They also announced yesterday in the European press that some of the cell phones had been activated from Northern Italy, near Milan, and that the Pakistani terrorist whose name was associated with them had been living in Barcelona, Spain until fairly recently. This was a very widespread plot.
It’s frustration to think that right now there’re a lot of cavemen around the world plotting to behead my wife and daughters and we’re too busy trying to rebuild Gaza to do anything about it.
Well, now, war moves closer.
Do You YaHOOOoooo?
terrorists apparently do.. wow.
"Major General Saab" appears to be unknown, that handle has been used by a Kashmiri militant online. Col R Saadat Ullah, CU16-AP, e-mail:email@example.com, address: SCO, Qasim Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan phone: +92-519271536, fax-no: +92-519271536
Times of India is the major English-language newspaper of India, 2.5 million circulation in print edition.
To maintain plausible deniability it looks like the Pakistan Chief of Army Staff may have to go through the unit like a dose of salts and then serve up some senior officers on kebab skewers.
I didn’t notice a duplicate thread. I think if it was posted 4 hrs apart, it gets to stay.
Reputable huh? I thought so. This could get ugly. This will be the first true war between two nuclear powers, will it not?
India will assume that Pres Hussein will lean towards Pakistan, and will want to bide their time until Hussein and the Dems are in a weaker position. I could see Hussein trying for massive sanctions against India if India attacks Pak.
For some decent analysis of the pending storm, check out the recent pontifications of ORBAT.COM and LongWarJournal.
MSM watches FR and the story hasn't broken yet, very odd.
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