PM asks Pak to hand over Mumbai terror criminals

January 3rd, 2009 - 7:39 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh

Shillong (Meghalaya), Jan. 3 (ANI): Following Pakistans rejection to extradite any Pakistani national to India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked Pakistan to hand over criminals responsible for the Mumbai attacks so that they can face trial in India.
Singh hoped that “some sense” would prevail in the Pakistani leadership and that it would recognise that those behind the horrible acts in Mumbai should to be brought to justice.
“It (Pakistan) has to take action on the demand from all civilised countries that the perpetrators (of Mumbai attacks) will be brought to book. We hope that these criminals will be handed over to us to face trial,” he told a press conference after inaugurating the annual Indian Science Congress here.
Dr. Singh also hoped that the new government in Bangladesh would not allow its land to be used for terror activities.
Singh said the government would go to any extent to root out terrorism from the nation, but those laying down arms were welcomed to have a dialogue with the government.
Referring to the terror attacks on Mumbai, Delhi and Assam, PM said, There were some initial setbacks, but we will overcome them. The government will go to any extent to root out terrorism from the country.
He further said insurgents and terrorists must recognise that the gun is no solution to fulfil their demands. Once they lay down arms as Indian citizens, we are willing to talk to anybody, he said. (ANI)

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