Pak to examine Indian dossier before talks

Last Updated: Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 14:20

Islamabad: Pakistan`s Interior Ministry
will examine the eleventh dossier handed over to Islamabad by
India on the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks ahead of a crucial
meeting of the Foreign Secretaries to bridge the trust deficit
between the two countries.

Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said in a brief
statement that arrangements were being made for "receipt of
the material from New Delhi".

He said: "The material will be forwarded to the
Interior Ministry for examination when received."
Talking to a TV news channel, Basit said the Pakistan
government is of the firm opinion that whosoever was involved
in the Mumbai attacks should be punished.

"Pakistan is conducting the trial of the accused on
its soil in a transparent and professional way and the
recently extended evidence by Indian authorities would be
analysed appropriately," he said.

India handed over the latest dossier yesterday, just
six days before meeting between Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao
and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir here to find ways
to bridge the trust deficit between the two sides and to
prepare the grounds for a meeting of the Foreign Ministers on
July 15.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vishnu Prakash
said the latest dossier contained a set of responses to the
six dossiers received from Pakistan on April 25.

Sources said that besides the responses to queries
raised by Pakistan, the dossier also provides additional
information on those involved in the Mumbai attacks and
evidence that they were operating from Pakistani soil.

The dossier also conveys India`s "mounting
unhappiness" with Pakistan`s lack of "concrete action" against
Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the mastermind of
the Mumbai attacks.

In the dossiers given to India in April, Pakistan had
asked for three Indian officials, including two magistrates
and an investigator, to be allowed to travel to Pakistan to
testify that they had recorded the statement of Ajmal Kasab,
sentenced to death for the Mumbai attacks.

Pakistan also sought access to Kasab, the lone gunman
captured alive during the attacks, to facilitate the trial of
Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and
six others charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks.

The seven suspects are being tried by an
anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 14:20

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