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No handover of wanted men

Pakistan will fully cooperate with India in investigating the Mumbai attack, but if any Pakistani individual is found to be linked or involved in the incident, he will be tried only in a Pakistani court.

— Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pak foreign minister

Islamabad, December 9
Pakistan today said any of its citizens found to be linked to the Mumbai terror attacks will not be handed over to India, but tried under the country's own laws.

“The arrests being made are for our own investigations. Even if allegations are proved against any suspect, he will not be handed over to India,” foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said today.

Qureshi’s remarks come as a Pakistan army confirmed that some key LeT terrorists had been rounded up during the crackdown on the banned organisation's camps on the outskirts of the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir capital of Muzaffarabad.

The spokesman had said the operations against banned groups would continue and more arrests were expected. Qureshi told reporters after offering Id prayers in his hometown of Multan that though Pakistan would fully cooperate with India in investigating the Mumbai attacks, any Pakistani individual found to be linked or involved in the incident would be tried only in a Pakistani court.

If necessary, he said, he would visit India to clarify Islamabad's position to New Delhi.

His comments echoed a decision made by the cabinet yesterday to take action against any persons or groups involved in the Mumbai attacks only “within the ambit of Pakistani law”.

India and the US have said Pakistan-based elements were responsible for planning and carrying out the attacks. Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhwi, reportedly detained during a crackdown launched by Pakistani troops on Sunday, is suspected to be the mastermind of the Nov 26 Mumbai attacks. Pakistan has also rejected India’s demand to hand over Jaish-e-Mohammed founder Maulana Masood Azhar and two India underworld dons and the 1993 Bombay blasts accused Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon. — PTI



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