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    Thursday, February 26, 2009

    Mumbai Internet Chase

    The terrorists had made 284 calls from Mumbai to their handlers in Pakistan during the 60 hours they had laid siege to the city, the Crime Branch said.
    The Crime Branch was helped by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the US in piecing the puzzle together.
    According to the police, the report submitted by the FBI to the Crime Branch revealed that the nine terrorists killed by National Security Guards (NSG) commandos had used mobile phone numbers 
    9820704561 and 
    to communicate with their handlers.
    Records showed that calls were made to phone numbers 
    43720880767 and 
    and calls were received from another number, 
    The calls were made to or received from co-conspirators in Pakistan for instructions, the Crime Branch said.
    Investigations also revealed that these numbers were connected to a Callphonex account. Callphonex is a VoIP (voice over internet protocol) service provider based in New Jersey, USA.
    On October 20-21, 2008, an individual calling himself Kharak Singh called the company up for an account, saying he was a VoIP reseller in India. Two payments were made to Callphonex for the account. On October 27, an initial payment of $250 was wired to Callphonex via Money Gram (receipt number 80700471903880005473).
    The money was sent by one Muhammad Ishfaq through Money Gram's agent, Paracha International Exchange, located at Road Anarkali Fayazuddin in Lahore, the Crime Branch said.
    According to Money Gram records, Ishfaq gave an address in Peshawar, Pakistan, as his.
    On November 25, the second payment of $299 was wired to Callphonex via Western Union Money Transfer (WUMT) (receipt number 
    The sender was one Javed Iqbal, and the money was wired through WUMT agent, Madina Trading, in Brescia, Italy.
    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.

    Iqbal, who has since been arrested by the Pakistan police, had provided a copy of his Pakistani passport (number 
    to Madina Trading as his identity proof. Investigations found that he had communicated with Callphonex through the e-mail id,
    Crime Branch officials said the account was accessed from 10 different IP addresses in Pakistan, Chicago, Kuwait and Russia. 

    These two, while communicating with Callphonex, used the e-mail id This e-mail id was accessed from at least 10 IP addresses, says the chargesheet. One of them,, 
    belongs to Col R Sadatullah whose official address is SCO, Qasim Rd, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Sadatullah's official e-mail id is, 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.
    Major General Saab" appears to be unknown, that handle has been used by a Kashmiri militant online. Col R Saadat Ullah, CU16-AP,, address: SCO, Qasim Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan phone: 
    fax-no: +92-519271536 
    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.

    Of the 38 men charged, 36 are Pakistani nationals.
    Pakistani Army officers 
    Major General Saab and 
    Colonel R Saadat Ullah 
    and six senior Lashkar-e-Taiba are among 35 men wanted by India for the assault by sea that resulted in 164 Indians and foreigners killed, according to the Press Trust of India. Indian officials have previously stated that a man described as "Major General" was one of the handlers for the Mumbai terrorists.
    Six senior leaders of the Lashkar-e-Taiba have been charged in the Mumbai assault. 
    Hafiz Mohammed Saeed 
    is the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba and its successor, the 
    He is currently under a lax house arrest in Pakistan. 
    Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi 
    is Lashkar-e-Taiba's senior military commander. 
    Yusuf Muzammil 
    is the terror group's senior operations commander. He is currently in Pakistani custody.
    Zarar Shah 
    is the Lashkar-e-Taiba communications expert who set up the network that allowed the Mumbai terrorists to speak with Lashkar-e-Taiba commanders in Pakistan during the attack. He also served as a key liaison between the terror group and Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence agency. Zarar is currently in Pakistani custody and has admitted to his role in the Mumbai attacks.
    Abu Kafa 
    is a commander who was one of the handlers that directed the Mumbai assault teams as they conducted their attack. 
    Abu Hamza
     is also a senior military commander.
    Three of those charged are currently in Indian custody. They are: 
    Ajmal Amir Kasab, 
    the lone surviving Mumbai terrorist; and Indian nationals 
    Fahim Ansari and 
    both of whom were aware of the plan to strike the city. All three men are Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives. Sabauddin served as the leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba in Nepal and aided in smuggling Lashkar terrorists across the border between India and Pakistan.
    The other Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives and facilitators who have been charged have been identified as 
    Mohammad Sayed, 
    Abu Al Kama, 
    Abu Fahad, 
    Abu Abdul Rehman, 
    Abu Anas, 
    Abu Imran, 
    Abu Mufti Sayed, 
    Hakim Saab, 
    Abu Umar Sayed, 
    Karak Singh, 
    Mohammad Ishfaq, 
    Javid Iqbal, 
    Sajid Iftekar, 
    Kuram Shahbad, 
    Abu Abdur Rehman, 
    Abu Mavia, 
    Abu Anees, 
    Abu Bashir, 
    Abu Khan, 
    Abu Sariya, 
    Abu Imran, 
    Hakim Saheb.
    India released a dossier of evidence for the Mumbai case in early January 2008 detailing conversations between the handlers and the Mumbai assault team as the operation was underway as well as information on the planning of the attacks and the transportation and communications that were used.
    Pakistani officials initially dismissed the dossier, with one senior diplomat claiming it may have been "fabricated." The Pakistani government ultimately admitted that the attacks were plotted on its soil and has filed a police report against 
    Lakhvi, Zarar, 
    Abu Hamza, 
    and five other Pakistanis. Six of those charged are in Pakistani custody.



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