Pakistan rejects FBIs offer of joint probe in Lahore attack

March 5th, 2009 - 6:13 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Mar.5 (ANI): Pakistan has rejected the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) offer to probe the ghastly Lahore terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team.
FBI director Robert Mueller during a luncheon meeting with the President, Asif Ali Zardari offered Islamabad a joint into probe the Lahore attack. But according to well-placed sources, Zardari turned down the offer.
Mueller also met Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Interior Affairs, Rehman Malik, and chief of the Pakistans Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Tariq Khosa.
The FBI team wanted to visit the site of the attack on Sri Lankans and offer its assistance to join local investigators in the probe, The Dawn quoted a senior security official, as saying.
According to sources, Pakistan rejected FBIs offer, saying that its local investigators were capable to unearth the whole conspiracy behind the attack, and bring t the perpetrators to book.
In his meeting with the FBI chief, Malik reiterated Pakistans stance that the involvement of foreign hand cannot be ruled out in the attack.
Pakistani officials also shared the information gathered so far in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks with Mueller. (ANI)

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