Enough Mumbai evidence furnished to Pakistan: India (Lead)

April 14th, 2009 - 9:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) India Tuesday reiterated that enough evidence had been furnished about the involvement of elements from Pakistan in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and it was now for Islamabad to act on this.
“We have given enough information to act. It is for them to get their act together,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a civil investiture ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram was more forthcoming, even suggesting “tongue in cheek” that if Pakistan were not in a position to interrogate those India has blamed for the Mumbai, it permit India to do so.

“What is the use of a government that keeps on saying that not enough evidence has been furnished? The remaining evidence is in Pakistan.

“If Pakistan cannot interrogate those it should, why doesn’t it permit the FBI, which has made a request, to interrogate them,” Chidambaram maintained.

“If I may suggest tongue in cheek, if Pakistan can’t interrogate the suspects, will they allow us to interrogate them?” the home minister wondered.

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik Monday said that India had not provided adequate information on the Nov 26-29, 2008 Mumbai mayhem that claimed more than 170 lives, including those of 26 foreigners.

Rehman also said Pakistan had received “identical” DNA reports on two of the 10 gunmen involved in the attack.

“We have received two identical DNA reports. One of these relate to a man named Ismail, who we are told was killed during the attacks. This report also relates to (Ajmal Amir) Kasab (the lone gunman captured alive during the mayhem),” Rehman Malik told reporters in Islamabad.

Also on Tuesday, Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma accused Islamabad of indulging in “diversionary” tactics that raised questions about its sincerity in punishing those behind the carnage.

“We have given sufficient evidence to Pakistan to act against identified masterminds. By delaying action and raising technicalities, Pakistan would be undermining the credibility of its own commitments to take tangible action,” Sharma told reporters here.

“Delaying tactics and invoking purely technical issues put a question mark on the sincerity and intent of Pakistan,” Sharma maintained.

“We are waiting for tangible actions by Pakistan and not excuses,” he added.

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