Mumbai Attack: Pakistan will act if India’’s evidence is credible: GilaniJanuary 5th, 2009 - 8:54 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad/New Delhi, Jan.5 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday it was reviewing a dossier that India had handed over to its High Commissioner in New Delhi regarding the deadly Mumbai attacks in November.
Gilani said here that his government remained committed to punishing Pakistani nationals accused of taking part in the Mumbai attacks if credible evidence is given against them.
Gilani made the comments during talks with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Richard Boucher, who arrived here on Monday to defuse simmering tensions between Pakistan and India.
Gilani spoke of Pakistans persistent efforts to defuse current tensions with India, and the governments commitment to take action against any Pakistani national in case credible evidence is provided, The News quoted his office, as saying.
Pakistan has repeatedly said that its own investigation of the attacks could move forward once India shared evidence with Islamabad.
In Islamabad, a foreign ministry spokesman confirmed that Pakistans High Commissioner to India, Shahid Malik, had received the file in New Delhi on Monday and had sent it to authorities back home.
“The material has been received in Pakistan now and is being examined by concerned authorities,” the spokesman said. “It is our duty, my duty to examine the dossier carefully, understand it and be truthful to myself, to my country and the neighbourhood,” a news agency quoted Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, as saying.
Earlier, briefing media persons in New Delhi, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said: “We have today handed over to Pakistan evidence of the links with elements in Pakistan of the terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008.”
“We are also briefing all our friendly countries. I have written to my counterparts around the world giving them details of the events in Mumbai and describing in some detail the progress that we have made in our investigations and the evidence that we have collected,” he added.
Mukherjee further said, “The Ministry will also be briefing all resident Heads of Missions here in the next 24 hours. Our Ambassadors will be doing the same in their respective countries of accreditation.”
The evidence includes material from the interrogation of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the Pakistani national who is in police custody for his role in the terror attack, details of the terrorists” communication links with elements in Pakistan during the Mumbai attacks, recovered weapons and equipment and other articles, and data retrieved from recovered GPS and satellite phones.
“This material is linked to elements in Pakistan. It is our expectation that the Government of Pakistan will promptly undertake further investigations in Pakistan and share the results with us so as to bring the perpetrators to justice,” Mukherjee said.
Describing the Mumbai incident as an ”unpardonable” crime, he said, “We would also hope that Pakistan will implement her bilateral, multilateral and international obligations to prevent terrorism in any manner from territory under her control.”
“It is my hope that the world will unite to achieve the goal of eliminating the threat of such terrorism,” he added. U.S. Ambassador to India, David C. Mulford, on Monday said that a team of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is still in Mumbai pursuing leads into the conspiracy that led to the November 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai, and expressed Washingtons determination to get to the bottom of the conspiracy.
Talking on the sidelines of an event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Chancery Building in New Delhi in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Ambassador Mulford said: The FBI will pursue the evidence which is gathered there (Mumbai). They will take that evidence to Pakistan.
He further went on to say: Under our American laws, if Americans are killed anywhere, the state itself has a duty to pursue, to get to the bottom of it. This the FBI is doing and will do in the coming weeks and months.
Prime Ministers Adviser on Interior Affairs, Rehman Malik said: “We will not take pressure from anyone. We are a sovereign state, and we will act according to our law. Nobody can put pressure on us.”(ANI)
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