New Delhi, Mar. 6: Pakistan's former national security Advisor Mahmud Ali Durrani on Monday said that the November 26, 2008 terror attack in Mumbai was carried out by a terror group based in Pakistan and added that it was classic trans-border terrorist event.
"26/11 Mumbai attack carried out by a terror group based in Pakistan is classic trans-border terrorist event," he said.
He added that Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed has no utility and Pakistan should act against him.
Mahmud Ali Durrani, a retired army general, was the National Security Advisor to the Pakistani government when 10 Pakistani terrorists sneaked into Mumbai after hijacking a boat and killed at least 164 people and wounding 308 across the city.
"26/11 Mumbai attack carried out by a terror group based in Pakistan is classic trans-border terrorist event," Durrani said while speaking at the 19th Asian Security Conference being held at the Institute of Defence and Studies and Analyses.
He said that because he held on this view, the government was not too pleased with, and it could one of reasons why he lost his job as National Security Advisor (NSA).
Durrani was Pakistan's NSA when 10 Pakistani terrorists, who arrived via sea route from Karachi, launched coordinated attacks across Mumbai.
It took security forces three days to flush out the terrorists as they launched indiscriminate firing at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal, the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the Oberoi Trident Hotel, Leopold Cafe and the Nariman House Jewish Centre.Durrani was removed from the post in 2009.
New Delhi has provided ample evidence to Islamabad over involvement of top Lashkar-e-Taiba commanders in the November 26, 2008 attacks. However, Pakistan has denied all such allegations blaming 'non-state actors' for the incident.