NEW DELHI — India's home minister said Wednesday that there was new evidence of Pakistani state support for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, citing information provided by Abu Jindal, an Indian man suspected of being one of the planners.
The Indian authorities say that Jindal, who was recently captured by the Indian police, and five others guided the Mumbai attacks from a ''control room'' in Karachi, Pakistan. The authorities in India say they have recordings of phone conversations during the attack that included Jindal's voice.
At a news conference in Tiruananthpuram, Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said that Jindal confirmed during an interrogation that he was in the Karachi control room that had given orders to the 10 gunmen who killed more than 160 people in a three-day attack on multiple locations in Mumbai in 2008.
''Some state support was there for these people,'' Chidambaram said, referring to men in the control room with Jindal. And he claimed that Jindal had identified some of those other men, adding that any argument that there was no Pakistani state involvement ''is no longer valid.''
''The way we are going has put us in a good light and put Pakistan in a bad light,'' he added. ''It is Pakistan which is under pressure and not India.''
Pakistan has repeatedly rejected Indian accusations that its top military spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, was involved in the attacks, which are thought to have been carried out by the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba. On Wednesday, Rehman Malik, a senior adviser to the Pakistani president on interior issues, denied the new charges as well. ''Why are you blaming Pakistan?'' he said Wednesday at a news conference. ''He is your citizen. You fail to control your citizen.''
Pakistan warned India three years ago that it had its ''own Taliban,'' Malik said. ''See the result. I wish best of luck to India.''
Indian intelligence experts said that the arrest of Jindal was more significant than that of Ajmal Qasab, the last known surviving attacker.