Pakistan says it replied to Mumbai dossier, India is waiting (Lead, Changing dateline)

January 10th, 2009 - 5:55 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi/Islamabad, Jan 10 (IANS) Pakistan’s ISI agency has “given its feedback” to India about the Mumbai attacks, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said but New Delhi Saturday maintained it had not received any response on the Mumbai terrorist attack dossier it handed over six days ago. Gilani’s remarks Friday came shortly before US vice-president-elect Joe Biden arrived in Islamabad for talks with the Pakistani leadership on the tensions with India in the wake of the carnage in Mumbai, Aaj TV reported.

“India has given 52 pages (dossier) to the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) and our ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) has given its feedback and information sharing. That has been passed on to India,” Gilani told reporters.

The prime minister said Pakistan and the US’ CIA had had a good working relationship in the past, adding: “If some other information is needed, we are ready for cooperation”.

However, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma said the government had not received any reply from Pakistan on the dossier.

“I will only comment after receiving the reply,” Sharma told reporters in New Delhi when asked whether the government had received any response to the dossier linking Pakistan-based elements to the Nov 26 Mumbai carnage.

Moreover, Indian officials, who did not wish to be named, said they were not aware of any dossier handed to Pakistan through the CIA.

Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon Monday gave the dossier to Pakistan’s High Commissioner Shahid Malik.

Three days after Pakistan admitted the Pakistani nationality of Muhammed Ajmal Amir alias Kasab, the lone Mumbai attacker in Indian custody, Sharma said it would have been in the interest of India and the region if Pakistan had accepted this earlier.

“From day one it was clear who they were and where they came from,” Sharma told reporters on the sidelines of a function organised by the external affairs ministry to commemorate World Hindi Day.

He was referring to the 10 gunmen who, India has maintained, came from Pakistan. Nine of them were killed by Indian commandos.

“It would have been in the interest of India and the region and would have created a conducive environment if Pakistan had not gone into denial mode and accepted (the nationality) and cooperated,” he said.

Sharma reiterated that India has not received any request for Pakistan to get consular access to Kasab but if the request is made, New Delhi “will be happy to do so”.

“Those who have been involved have been identified. Action should be taken against them so that they can face Indian justice,” he said.

“As a nation state, Pakistan is obliged that the perpetrators are brought to justice and the infrastructure of terrorism is effectively dismantled and neutralised,” he said, while stressing that Pakistan must honour its anti-terror pledge.

Gilani, opening a seminar on democracy earlier, had said: “The world must not let tensions between India and Pakistan escalate”.

He also said India had rejected Pakistan’s proposals for cooperation on the investigation into the Nov 26 attacks, which New Delhi has blamed on the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

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