Pakistan will not hand over suspects to India: Gilani

December 13th, 2008 - 7:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Dec 13 (IANS) Reiterating that his government will not hand over any terror suspect to India, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Saturday said he had not received any evidence of any Pakistani’s involvement in the Mumbai carnage.In an interview with a Gulf television channel, he said if anyone was found involved in any terrorist activity, he will be dealt with according to the law but will “not be handed over to India”.

Indian authorities have maintained that the 10 terrorists who struck Mumbai on the night of Nov 26 has come from Pakistan. In a demarche served to the Pakistani high commissioner in New Delhi, India has asked Pakistan to hand over 40 people it says are fugitives and responsible for various acts of terror in the country.

Gilani, however, said Pakistani authorities had so far not received any evidence of the use of Pakistan’s soil in the attacks that killed at least 170 people, including 22 foreigners.

“If India has any solid evidence it should share it with Pakistan,” he said adding Pakistan is ready to help India in investigations.

The prime minister said his government had taken action against the Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), considered a front of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), as a responsible state and abiding by the international laws and not any pressure from India.

Following India’s representation Tuesday, the UN Security Council proscribed the JuD.

Amid rising tensions between the two South Asian neighbours, Gilani said India was a responsible state and will not launch any strike against Pakistan.

He added some international “common friends” were trying to restore normalcy between India and Pakistan.

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