India hands over evidence on Mumbai attacks to PakistanJanuary 5th, 2009 - 1:59 pm ICT by ANI
By Naveen Kapoor
New Delhi, Jan 5 (ANI): India on Monday handed over to Pakistan evidence of links with elements in Pakistan to the Mumbai terror attack, and said it expected Islamabad to carry out a prompt investigation.
Foreign Secretary, Shivshankar Menon handed over the evidence to Pakistan’’s envoy in India Shahid Malik.
Briefing media persons here, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said: “We have today handed over to Pakistan evidence of the links with elements in Pakistan of the terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008.”
“We are also briefing all our friendly countries. I have written to my counterparts around the world giving them details of the events in Mumbai and describing in some detail the progress that we have made in our investigations and the evidence that we have collected,” he added.
Mukherjee further said, “The Ministry will also be briefing all resident Heads of Missions here in the next 24 hours. Our Ambassadors will be doing the same in their respective countries of accreditation.”
The evidence includes material from the interrogation of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the Pakistani national who is in police custody for his role in the terror attack, details of the terrorists” communication links with elements in Pakistan during the Mumbai attacks, recovered weapons and equipment and other articles, and data retrieved from recovered GPS and satellite phones.
“This material is linked to elements in Pakistan. 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,” Mukherjee said.
Describing the Mumbai incident as an ”unpardonable” crime, he said, “We would also hope that Pakistan will implement her bilateral, multilateral and international obligations to prevent terrorism in any manner from territory under her control.”
“It is my hope that the world will unite to achieve the goal of eliminating the threat of such terrorism,” he added.
The coordinated strikes in Mumbai by ten gunmen killed 179 people. India has blamed Pakistani militants for the attacks. (ANI)
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