Pakistan should share outcome of Mumbai probe: Pranab

January 30th, 2009 - 8:08 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Amid Pakistan’s reported claims that the Mumbai attacks were planned outside that country, India Friday said it has yet to receive “through proper channels” any response to the dossier holding it complicit in the Mumbai attacks and asked Islamabad to convey the “outcome” of its investigations soon. “We have not received any information through proper channels. This is not the way the government can respond,” External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters here.

“We have given them the material. We expect them to investigate and let us know the outcome of the investigation,” Mukherjee stressed.

He was reacting to a question on reports in the media quoting Pakistani diplomats that suggested that Pakistan would claim that the Mumbai atrocity was not planned inside its territory.

“We will be amazed if they say so. This will be the end of whatever little credibility the Pakistani establishment has,” said official sources, who did not wish to be named.

“It’s totally unacceptable,” said sources in response to Pakistan’s habit of speaking through media and third countries in the wake of the Mumbai carnage.

The Mumbai terror attacks of 26/11 were planned in a “third place” outside Pakistan and Britain, Pakistani High Commissioner to Britain Wajid Shamsul Hasan said in London Friday. Hasan said Pakistan’s official report on the Mumbai attacks in which over 170 people were killed will be ready “by Saturday or Sunday”.

“Pakistan should honour the deadline it had given and make it public,” Mukherjee had said Thursday.

According to Pakistani media reports, the probe conducted by the country’s interior ministry has concluded that the Mumbai terror strikes were planned outside its territory. The report that was to be submitted to India by Wednesday is now likely to be shared with India by the end of this month.

The report will be made public in “two to three days”, Pakistan’s interior ministry chief Rehman Malik said in Islamabad Thursday. The Pakistan government had on Jan 17 given the investigation team 10 days to submit its preliminary findings.

India is keeping all options open if Pakistan repudiates the evidence given by India that links elements in Pakistan to the Mumbai attacks.

One of the options open before India is to go to the UN and persuade them to include other Pakistan-based entities and individuals in the terrorists list.

New Delhi is in the process of compiling a detailed list of individuals and entities based in Pakistan who have been involved in different attacks on India since the 2006 bombings on commuter trains in Mumbai, said official sources.

New Delhi can also move the UN Nations Security Council and seek a resolution and sanctions against Pakistan or Pakistan-based entities, but this move is not considered a practical one as it could take an inordinate amount of time.

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