India accuses Pakistani Army officer of involvement in Mumbai attacks
The colonel, accused of facilitating communications between the attackers and handlers in Pakistan, was named along with 34 other suspects.
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Indian police have named a serving colonel of the Pakistani Army in connection with the November Mumbai (Bombay) attacks, in which 164 people were killed. The colonel has been accused of facilitating communications between the attackers and their handlers in Pakistan using "voice over Internet protocol (VoIP)." A charge sheet filed by the Mumbai police on Wednesday lists the colonel as one of 35 suspects wanted in connection with the attacks. Investigations by the Indian authorities also hint at the involvement of another Pakistani Army official and a government employee in the attacks.
According to The Guardian, VoIP calls made by the attackers were traced to the officer, who is wanted for questioning by the Indian authorities.
An 11,509-page charge sheet filed by the Mumbai police yesterday named the officer as Colonel Sadatullah, the highest-ranked Pakistani to be implicated in the three-day siege of two luxury hotels and other sites that strained tensions between the two neighbours.
Sadatullah is a colonel in the special communications organisation (SCO), a telecommunications agency of the Pakistani government run by officers from the army's signal corps....
Indian investigators say the calls were made using voice over internet protocol, or VoIP, a cheap way of making international calls. They were traced to an IP address created with CallPhonex, a VoIP service provider based in New Jersey, in the US. Payments for the calls were made by opening an account in the name of Kharak Singh, from India.
However, payments to the account were made by wire transfer through MoneyGram and Western Union Money Transfer by two Pakistani nationals, Javed Iqbal and Mohammed Ishtiaq. The two used the email address ID email@example.com to communicate with CallPhonex. Indian investigators say there was contact between this email address and Sadatullah's official email, firstname.lastname@example.org, which police say is the email service for all SCO officers.
The Mumbai-based daily The Times of India explains that "the SCO ... 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."
Police also suspect the involvement of another army officer, who is referred to only as the "major general" in telephone calls between the ten Islamist gunmen who carried out the attacks and their alleged handlers in Pakistan, Mr [Rakesh] Mariah [the head of the Mumbai police crime branch] added.