‘Pakistan seriously investigating Mumbai attacks’

April 16th, 2009 - 8:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Islamabad, April 16 (IANS) Pakistan said Thursday it was “seriously” investigating the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and urged India to provide “at the earliest” the clarifications it had sought on the carnage.
“We acknowledge the comments by the minister for external affairs of India confirming that Indian authorities were examining the material received from Pakistan seeking further clarifications and evidence from India and that New Delhi would respond accordingly,” APP news agency quoted Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit as saying.

“The government of Pakistan would appreciate if the Indian response to the clarifications sought is provided at the earliest,” Basit added.

On Wednesday, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh once again asked Pakistan to show results in its Mumbai probe.

“We are for engagement with Pakistan but Pakistan must prove its sincerity by bringing the perpetrators of 26/11 attacks to book,” he said in an interaction with members of the Editors Guild of India.

Manmohan Singh also repudiated Pakistan’s contention that India has not provided sufficient evidence to Pakistan regarding the 26/11 attacks.

Also on Wednesday, Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said New Delhi was ready to give more information provided Islamabad stops indulging in “diversionary” tactics and show sincerity about punishing those behind the carnage.

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, (the Pakistani terrorist caught during the Mumbai terror attacks), is coming to India to meet him, Mukherjee had said while campaigning 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.

Kasab’s trial began in Mumbai Wednesday.

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