India asks Pakistan to directly pass information on probe into Mumbai attacksJanuary 16th, 2009 - 2:13 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): Instead of being informed through the media, the Indian Government would be happy to receive a direct response from Pakistan through diplomatic channels for appropriate action as for the terror attacks in Mumbai.
These views of India were spelt out by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee while speaking to media persons here last evening.
He was reacting to the statements of Interior Advisor of Pakistan in the media, assuring India of unconditional support in the Mumbai attacks probe.
“We have seen statements in the media by the Interior Advisor of Pakistan, assuring India of unconditional support in the Mumbai probe, urging India to use direct diplomatic channels with Pakistan, and saying that Islamabad needs more information from India in order to proceed with its own investigation,” he said.
“The material linking the terrorist attacks to Pakistan was handed over formally to the Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi on January 5. Instead of being informed through the media, I would be happy to receive a direct response from Pakistan through existing diplomatic channels, and to see Pakistan implementing her words,” he added.
India presented a dossier of material to Pakistan last week, which included a confession from Ajmal Kasab, the lone militant caught alive, details of communications links with “elements in Pakistan”, and data retrieved from GPS and satellite phones.
New Delhi wants Islamabad to investigate fully the leads in the dossier and help to bring those responsible for planning and coordinating the attacks to justice and accuses Pakistan of adopting delaying tactics in this regard.
Meanwhile, experts have noted that India would keep up diplomatic pressure on Pakistan and the international community to take action against certain specific factions operating on the latter’’s soil, as suspected by India. (ANI)
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