Resume dialogue process, Pakistan urges India (Lead)

April 2nd, 2009 - 9:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Islamabad, April 2 (IANS) Pakistan Thursday urged India to resume the sub-continental composite dialogue process that has been frozen in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai carnage, a suggestion New Delhi has repeatedly and flatly rejected.
“It will be better to resume the dialogue process as it will be better for the region and for the progress and prosperity of the people,” Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said during his weekly briefing here.

According to Basit, the blame game between the two countries could not resolve their differences and they should, therefore, resume their dialogue process.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday nixed the suggestion, which Pakistan has often made since the Mumbai carnage, saying Islamabad must show “visible results” on how it has dealt with the information New Delhi has shared on those responsible for the terror attacks - if the dialogue process was to resume.

“Pakistan has to prove (it) is doing all that is possible,” Manmohan Singh said, responding to a suggestion from President Asif Ali Zardari that the dialogue resume.

“Pakistan should show visible results on the 26/11 probe,” Manmohan Singh had said.

India has blamed elements from Pakistan for the Nov 26-29, 2008 Mumbai mayhem that claimed the lives of more than 170 people, including 26 foreigners.

Nine of the 10 terrorists who staged the assault were killed and one of them, Ajmal Amir Kasab, was captured alive.

Kasab, who is now in the custody of the Mumbai police, has admitted to being a Pakistani national.

India had in January submitted a detailed dossier on the involvement of Pakistani groups in the attacks.

Pakistan, which has admitted that part of the Mumbai conspiracy was planned on its territory had in February submitted a set of 30 questions on the Indian dossier, to which New Delhi responded in March.

Basit, at his briefing, said the Indian response was being studied and Pakistan would respond appropriately.

Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has registered cases against eight Pakistanis for their alleged role in the Mumbai carnage.

Six of them have been arrested, while one is at large. Kasab is the eighth suspect.

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