Pakistan’s efforts on Mumbai attacks an eyewash: India

January 19th, 2009 - 8:18 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) India Monday termed as an “eyewash” Pakistan’s efforts to nail the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks and warned that “we will do what is needed to be done” unless Islamabad gets its act together.”The efforts made by Pakistan till now on the 26/11 evidence handed over to it are an eyewash,” Minister of State for Defence M. Pallam Raju told reporters here on the sidelines of a function.

“If they (Pakistan authorities) don’t do enough, we will do what is needed to be done to defend ourself,” he added in response to a specific question.

According to Raju, “The civilian government is not one of the most powerful. The civilian power-centre is not strong enough to act on its own. I don’t see them doing enough to bring the perpetrators to book.”

India has blamed the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group for the Nov 26-29 Mumbai mayhem that claimed over 170 lives, including those of 26 foreign nationals, and injured over 300.

“We are not happy with the steps taken so far. We hope Pakistan does more,” Raju added.

Pakistan had banned the LeT following the Dec 13, 2001, attack on the Indian parliament that New Delhi also blamed on the outfit. The organisation, however, has morphed itself into the Jamaat-ud Dawa and claims to be a charity.

The UN Security Council last month proscribed the Jamaat-ud Dawa after India and the US furnished evidence that it was a front for the LeT.

India has furnished to Pakistan a detailed dossier on the Mumbai strikes, pointing to the involvement of Pakistani nationals in the carnage.

A three-member panel headed by Javed Iqbal, additional director general of the Federal Investigation Agency, is currently examining this dossier.

Islamabad has also admitted to Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist captured during the Mumbai attacks, being a Pakistani national.

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