Pakistan Admits Partial Link to Mumbai Attacks བོད་སྐད།

Pakistan has acknowledged for the first time that last year's terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai were partly planned in Pakistan.

Interior Ministry chief Rahman Malik told reporters Thursday the government has arrested six suspects and opened up a criminal case that could lead to their prosecution for conspiring and facilitating a terrorist act. He said part of the conspiracy has taken place in Pakistan.

India welcomed the admission as "positive" and says it plans to study Pakistan's official report.

Pakistan had earlier acknowledged that the sole surviving gunman from the attacks is a Pakistani national. But Islamabad denies any direct involvement in the three-day assault on Mumbai that began November 26.

India has blamed the assault on the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and has said elements of Pakistan's intelligence services were involved. The militant group has denied the charge, and Pakistani officials have dismissed India's allegations.

The three-day assault on Mumbai that began on November 26 killed more than 170 people and raised border tensions between Pakistan and India.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.