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'Pakistan admitted Fahim's passport is genuine'

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Last updated on: November 17, 2009 18:22 IST
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The Pakistan government has admitted to India that the passport obtained by 26/11 accused Fahim Ansari in a fake name was genuine but issued on the strength of bogus documents given by him, a senior official of the external affairs ministry said today.

"This was revealed by Pakistan in a dossier given to me by their Director General (South Asia) in Foreign Ministry on July 11," Joint Secretary, MEA, Manpreet Vohra told Judge M L Tahliani at the anti-terror court in Mumbai.

Vohra was then posted in Islamabad as India's deputy high commissioner.

The MEA official, who appeared as witness, submitted a copy of relevant documents which were part of the dossier given by Pakistan to India.

On May 28, when he (Vohra) was posted in Pakistan, Indian Ministry of External Affairs had handed over a dossier to the Pakistan High Commission regarding probe into the 26/11 terror attacks, the witness told Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

On July 11, he was called by Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik in his office, Vohra said adding he had met the minister who briefed him about the 26/11 probe in that country and informed that Pakistan foreign ministry would give him a dossier in response to the set of documents sent by India.

On the same day, Vohra said, the Director General of Pakistan's Foreign Ministry had handed over two dossiers to him which contained substantial information, including details of the passport obtained by Fahim Ansari in the fake name of
Arshad Ansari alias Ahmed Hasan. 

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