Monday, December 31, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Action taken, asserts Sattar

Islamabad, December 30
Under mounting international pressure to move firmly against terrorists, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar said today his government had taken “substantive and expeditious” measures against Pak-based extremist groups and awaited “actionable evidence” from India to prosecute the arrested militants.

Talking to newspersons after an all-party meeting here addressed by President Pervez Musharraf, Mr Sattar said Pakistan government had taken “substantive and expeditious measures” in the past few days against extremist groups and accounts and assets of five groups had been frozen.

“The Pakistan government in some cases awaits evidence, specially from India, before it initiates the process of prosecution,” he said.

“At the moment, we are hearing accusations from across the border. We want actionable evidence so that we can begin the judicial process. We are ready to move but you can not proceed without any evidence,” he said. 

This was the first time that the government acknowledged that it had taken action against militant groups based on its territory on accusation from India.

Earlier, Pakistan wanted evidence from India to move against the two groups, LeT and JeM, and suggested a joint probe into the attack, which was rejected by India.

 Meanwhile, political parties in Pakistan rallied behind the military regime and assured General Musharraf “full support of people in this hour of trial”.

The all-party meeting discussed the situation following the heavy deployment of armed forces on Indo-Pak border. PTI


India to give list of wanted ultras to Pak
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
The government today informed the leaders of the major political parties that New Delhi would be giving Islamabad a “wanted list” of terrorists and criminals who have taken refuge in Pakistan.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pramod Mahajan, who briefed reporters after the meeting, said he was not aware of the names contained in the list. Sources said the list included Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar, the five hijackers of IC 814 and underworld dons Dawood Ibrahim, Tiger Memon and Chhota Shakeel.

“Once the list is provided, it will be left to Islamabad to provide proof of the action taken against the terrorists and criminals”, he said.Back

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