THE enquiry into Mumbai attacks has produced results which have serious implications. PM's Interior Adviser Rehman Malik has conceded that the conspiracy leading to the attacks was partially hatched in Pakistan. The statement made at a press conference after the conclusion of the enquiry carries sensational revelations. Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, also mentioned by Ajmal Kassab in his confessional statement, has been declared as the mastermind. It has been discovered that the e-mail sent in the name of Deccan Mujahideen was in fact despatched by Zarar Shah. The initial enquiry revealed that nine people had set sail for India from Thatta. The shop from where the engine of a boat was bought has been located. India on its part has conceded, which it has been reluctant to do so far, that there was evidence of local support for the attackers. According to the Mumbai Police Commissioner, some Indian nationals were among the 16 men that also included Pakistanis who were wanted for their role in the attacks. Mr Malik also disclosed that New Delhi had yet to respond to 30 queries sent by Pakistan without which it would be difficult to prepare a strong case against those in custody. That the press conference should have coincided with the arrival of Mr Holbrooke has led some to accuse the government of making confessions under US pressure. Pakistan was reluctant to move against elements of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an organisations conducting jihad in Kashmir, or ban the Jamaatud Dawa, and took action only when a committee of the UN Security Council ordered it. Indian evidence provided to Islamabad was described by it as 'information but not proofs.' As early as January 30, Pakistan's High Commissioner to Britain Wajid Shamsul Hasan declared categorically that the Mumbai attacks were planned neither in Pakistan nor UK. Now a leader of the Lashkar-e-Taiba has been named the mastermind of the plot and it has been conceded that it was in part hatched in this country. Pakistan is therefore liable to be accused of allowing its territory to launch attacks outside the country. The finding that the attackers embarked on their mission from Thatta is highly embarrassing. While the Indian Navy has been criticised for negligence by letting the attackers sneak into Mumbai, blame is going to be shifted to those guarding Pakistan's coastline also, for showing a similar lack of alertness. The initial Indian response has been positive but this could be temporary. A former Indian foreign secretary has attributed Pakistan's willingness to concede involvement of its citizens to India's success in building international pressure and has suggested to India to continue doing this. Pakistan needs to persuade the US and UK to put pressure on New Delhi now to resolve the core issue of Kashmir in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiris to ensure permanent peace in the region.