Govt: Pakistan needs to accept Kasabs nationalityJanuary 6th, 2009 - 11:11 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Jan 6 (ANI): Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma on Tuesday said Pakistan should acknowledge that the arrested terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab in the Mumbai terror attack, is its national and show Paks actual intention to cooperate with India.
Anand Sharma, while speaking to mediaperson in the national capital said that acceptance of Kasab’’s Pakistani nationality would be the “first step” to indicate Islamabad’’s intention to cooperate.
“Let them first acknowledge that Kasab is a Pakistani. Other things can follow after that,” Sharma said in reply to a question here when he was asked about Islamabad’’s offer for a joint probe into the Mumbai attacks.
The Government on Monday had handed over evidence about involvement of Pakistan-based elements in the Mumbai terror attacks to Pakistan. The evidence included confession of Kasab, who has admitted to his Pakistani nationality, and given details of the November 26 attacks.
The governments stance is that the “unpardonable crime” in Mumbai was planned in Pakistan and Islamabad is under obligation, bilaterally as well as multilaterally, to hand over the perpetrators so that they could be brought to “Indian justice”.
Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon had said: “It is our expectation that the Government of Pakistan will promptly undertake further investigations in Pakistan and share the results with us so as to bring the perpetrators to justice.” (ANI)
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