Kasab’s mother coming to Mumabi, India asks Pakistan to act (Roundup)

April 15th, 2009 - 1:06 am ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi/Jangipur (West Bengal), April 14 (IANS) India Tuesday said it has given “enough evidence” to Pakistan regarding the Mumbai attacks and underlined the need for action even as the mother of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone Pakistani terrorist captured during the mayhem, prepares to meet him.
A day after Pakistan sought more evidence regarding the Mumbai atrocity, New Delhi indicated that it was ready to give more information provided Islamabad stops indulging in “diversionary” tactics and show sincerity about punishing those behind the carnage.

“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 in the capital.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee also asked Pakistan to accept facts and stop delaying the investigation into the attacks in the garb of seeking clarifications.

The mother of Ajmal Amir Kasab is coming to India to meet him, the Pakistani terrorist caught during the Mumbai terror attacks, Mukherjee said in Jangipur in West Bengal.

He referred to her visit to meet Kasab in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail, as he said Pakistan should not delay its probe into the 26/11 attacks on the pretext of seeking more specific information from India.

“The fact of the matter is that a large number of people have been killed. One terrorist has been arrested. He has made certain confessions. His mother is coming to Mumbai to meet him,” Mukherjee told reporters.

“These are the realities. These are the facts,” he said.

“The matter should not be delayed on this or that issue, or on this or that clarification. We are prepared to give them any information that they want, provided we have the information,” he said.

Kasab’s trial in the Mumbai terror attacks is set to begin Wednesday.

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 should 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 India had not provided adequate information on the Nov 26-29, 2008 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,” Rehman Malik told reporters in Islamabad.

Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma also 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 in New Delhi.

“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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