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Enough proof for Islamabad to act: Pranab
Says India has provided evidence about 10 times

Kolkata, December 21
Stepping up the pressure on Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said Islamabad had been provided enough evidence regarding the Mumbai attacks and now the neighbouring nation must deliver results by acting against the terrorists who masterminded the carnage.

“Pakistan should deliver results. Words must be followed by action,” Mukherjee said at a function here, terming as “not really convincing” the arguments put forth by Pakistan leaders that their country’s soil was not being used for subversive activities against India.

On Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's comment that the Mumbai terrorists were “non-state actors”, Mukherjee said: “Non-state actors do not come from heaven or some other planet. They operate from somewhere. Their (Pakistan) government has to take care about it.”

Demanding Pakistan should hand over terrorists for interrogation, Mukherjee said India could not be expected to chase “non-state actors” operating on foreign soil.

“We want them to cooperate... There are some fugitives who are Indian citizens but have taken shelter in Pakistan. They should be handed over to India. Then, there are some Pakistani citizens who are involved in terrorist activities targeting India, they are also needed to be handed over for interrogation,” the minister said.

Mukherjee then punched holes in Pakistan’s stand on the Mumbai savagery, which left over 170 people dead November 26-29.

“First, the Pakistani defence minister said (Jaish-e-Mohammed chief) Masood Azhar has been put under house arrest. Then they said he is not visible. If he is not visible, then how was he arrested? Moreover, India has given to Pakistan evidence, including interceptions and cracking of satellite codes, regarding the involvement of terrorists in that country “not once, not twice, not thrice but on 10 occasions,” he said.

Referring to the confessions of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only terrorist arrested during the Mumbai attack, Mukherjee said: “He has provided details of what transpired between them and their controllers on the other side (of the border).” He demanded Pakistan pursue the evidences and take action against terrorists as per their country’s law and stop use of their soil for subversive activities against India. — IANS



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