An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Officers in Pak Ministry of IT were Phone Guides of Mumbai Attackers

In the 26/11 chargesheet, India has pointed specifically to a serving Colonel rank Pak Army official and a civilian with operation of the VoIP communication that guided terrorists along. They are Colonel R. Saadat Ullah and Khurram Shazad – both with Special Communication Organisation operating under Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Technology. They had opened a VoIP account with Callphonex, US using Kharak Singh as the name. It was opened on Oct 21, 2008. And first payment of $250 was made on October 27 via a Moneygram from Paracha International Exchange a moneygram agent in Lahore. A second payment of $229 was made on November 25, 2008. A day before the terrorist team reached Mumbai.

Communications with the Callphonex company was done using kharaktelco@yahoo.com as the mail id. It was operated using around 10 IP addresses (ostensibly, from 10 different places). Through these IP addresses, the team zeroed-in on these two gentlemen.

There is another Pak Army official who is of interest to India – probably a Major General. He has been named by Ajmal Kasab and Indian LeT guys Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin Mohammad, as the one involved in training the cadres for anti-India operations. It is fairly obvious that Drishtikone’s earlier questions on what constitutes “Pakistani Administration” and who is or is not a state actor were spot on! First, it is meaningless to talk of Pak Army and ISI separately. Second, there is a substantial number in those two organizations, who will keep using the terrorists against India. And this includes those at the higher levels (like Musharraf).

Also read:  The Making of a Terrorist!

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2 Comments
  1. Shazil Rajput says

    A news has been published in section of Indian press to include Times of India linking Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Saadat Ullah to November Mumbai terror attacks on the basis of calls made using voice over internet protocol (VoIP). Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Saadat Ullah is an employee of Special Communications Organization (SCO).
    The report published in the Indian media is totally baseless and unfounded, said an official statement issued here Monday. SCO is a public sector organization responsible for provision of various communication services to the people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) and Northern Areas (NAs) of Pakistan.
    In order to provide the dialup and broadband internet services to the general pubic of AJ&K and NAs, in year 2007 SCO became member of Asia Pacific Networks International Centre (APNIC) and purchased a chunk of about 4500 Public IP addresses.
    Being an APNIC requirement, name and contact address of Lieutenant Colonel Saadat Ullah, who is retired officer was given in the registration / membership forms of APNIC at the time of acquiring these 4500 public IP addresses.
    The IP address mentioned in the subject news report (118.107.140.138) falls in the list of these 4500 public IP addresses purchased by SCO to facilitate the subscribers. Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Saadat Ullah is the Project Manager (IT) of SCO. These IP addresses are dynamically allocated to the dialup and DSL user of SCOs ISP, as per industry standards.
    Indian Press has tried to implicate SCO in the Mumbai Attacks on mere assumption that all these 4500 Public IP addresses are used by SCO and therefore employees of SCO might be involved in the Mumbai terrorist attacks. SCO is an internet service provider and if at all one of its IP addresses has been misused by one of its subscribers of VoIP communication it does not mean that SCO is involved in it.

  2. Shazil Rajput says

    A news has been published in section of Indian press to include Times of India linking Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Saadat Ullah to November Mumbai terror attacks on the basis of calls made using voice over internet protocol (VoIP). Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Saadat Ullah is an employee of Special Communications Organization (SCO).
    The report published in the Indian media is totally baseless and unfounded, said an official statement issued here Monday. SCO is a public sector organization responsible for provision of various communication services to the people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) and Northern Areas (NAs) of Pakistan.
    In order to provide the dialup and broadband internet services to the general pubic of AJ&K and NAs, in year 2007 SCO became member of Asia Pacific Networks International Centre (APNIC) and purchased a chunk of about 4500 Public IP addresses.
    Being an APNIC requirement, name and contact address of Lieutenant Colonel Saadat Ullah, who is retired officer was given in the registration / membership forms of APNIC at the time of acquiring these 4500 public IP addresses.
    The IP address mentioned in the subject news report (118.107.140.138) falls in the list of these 4500 public IP addresses purchased by SCO to facilitate the subscribers. Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Saadat Ullah is the Project Manager (IT) of SCO. These IP addresses are dynamically allocated to the dialup and DSL user of SCOs ISP, as per industry standards.
    Indian Press has tried to implicate SCO in the Mumbai Attacks on mere assumption that all these 4500 Public IP addresses are used by SCO and therefore employees of SCO might be involved in the Mumbai terrorist attacks. SCO is an internet service provider and if at all one of its IP addresses has been misused by one of its subscribers of VoIP communication it does not mean that SCO is involved in it.

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