Pakistan again asks for ‘credible evidence’ on Mumbai carnage

December 24th, 2008 - 11:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Dec 24 (IANS) Pakistan Wednesday again asked India for “credible and incriminating evidence” to prove the involvement of Pakistan-based entities in the Mumbai terror strikes.Noting that Pakistan had “consistently maintained” that it has extended “due cooperation” to India for a joint probe into the Mumbai carnage, Information Minister Sherry Rehman said: “We still await credible and incriminating evidence that we can act upon.”

Speaking to reporters here, she pointed out that even Interpol had “not received any information from India so an internationally coordinated effort could be undertaken to trace the perpetrators through multilateral counter-terrorism mechanisms”.

On Tuesday, visiting Interpol secretary general Ronald Noble said he had not received any evidence from India pointing to the involvement of Pakistani in the Mumbai strikes that killed at least 170 people, including 26 foreigners, and left over 300 injured.

According to Rehman, Noble’s remarks “validate Pakistan’s anti-terror stance and shows trust in (its) commitment and capability to fight terror”.

Rehman’s remarks came on the day Pakistan’s parliament asked the world community to press India for the closure of “terror cells and to stop anti-Pakistan propaganda”, even as the president and the prime minister said that the armed forces were ready to defend any aggression against the country.

A strongly worded resolution passed unanimously by the National Assembly urged the global community to press India to “close terror hubs and stop anti-Pakistan propaganda” through the media and at international forums.

The resolution, presented by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Amad Khan, stated that Pakistan wants peace and stability in the region and end of tension with India.

President Asif Ali Zardari, while addressing a students gathering in his home province of Sindh, said: “We will defend the country till the last drop of our blood.”

In an address at the Hyderabad Cadets College at Petaro, the president vowed there would bo no compromise on the independence and sovereignty of the country and maintained that the Pakistan armed forces were ready to defend the country against any aggression.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, while talking to reporters in Islamabad, said that there were no chances of war between India and Pakistan, adding: “Pakistan is ready to face any adventure”.

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