Pakistan must hand over terrorists: Congress

January 5th, 2009 - 8:17 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 5 (IANS) India’s ruling Congress Monday condemned Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s statement that Islamabad could not hand over the 40 alleged terrorists whose list was given by New Delhi since there was no extradition treaty between the two countries. Party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters that according to a convention signed by the member-countries of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to root out terrorism, Pakistan was duty-bound to hand over the terrorists to New Delhi.

He said: “Pakistan had handed over people to the United States after 9/11 though there is no extradition treaty between the two countries.”

“The way Pakistan had conducted itself in the last one month, it shows that the Mumbai terror attack was not just the handiwork of non-state actors and Islamabad was also involved,” Tewari said.

He said the government would continue to pressurise Pakistan through international community till it dismantled the terror infrastructure operating from its soil.

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram had also written to finance ministers of different countries to halt their financial assistance to Islamabad.

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