Mumbai Attack: India shares evidence with China, rules out joint probe with Pak

January 5th, 2009 - 9:12 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan.5 (ANI): India on Monday ruled out the possibility of conducting a joint probe with Pakistan over evidence on the Mumbai attacks.
Addressing a press conference here after a meeting with China’’s Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei, Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Memon ruled out a joint investigation with Pakistan and vowed to go to any extent for the evidence of Mumbai attacks.
Menon reiterated that the Mumbai terror attack was hatched in Pakistan, adding that evidence collected from the lone survivor Ajmal Kasab, had also been provided to Pakistan.
He, however, admitted that India had not got any evidence about direct involvement of the ISI in the attacks.
He confirmed that India has shared with China evidence about involvement of Pakistan-based elements in the Mumbai terror attacks, and urged Beijing to use its influence with Islamabad to cooperate on the issue.
Menon said that he has given details of the Mumbai attacks to China’’s Yafei, who was here as Beijing’’s special envoy amid a chill in Indo-Pak ties in the aftermath of the November 26 terror strikes.
Menon said that his meeting with Yafei lasted for two hours, during which the latter was apprised about the evidence showing that 10 heavily-armed terrorists were sent from Karachi to Mumbai to carry out attacks and that the three-day-long operation was guided from Pakistan.
India has compiled a dossier of evidence which includes confession of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist arrested during the attack, satellite phone intercepts and record of logbooks recovered from a ship by which ten heavily armed terrorists came from Karachi to Mumbai on November 26.
Yafei, who arrived here on Sunday evening, suggested that India and Pakistan should hold dialogue to resolve the issue.
“We had very good talks with the foreign secretary… We got a full briefing from our (Indian) colleagues. We would study them of course… We would see,” He Yafei told reporters after his meeting with Menon when asked about evidence.
He noted that India has already shared the evidence with Pakistan.(ANI)

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