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Make it official, India tells Pak
Tribune News Service

Kasab alive and well: Govt

The foreign office sources rubbished reports in the Pakistan media that Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone-surviving Pakistan terrorist captured during the 26/11 strikes, could be dead. “He is very much alive and in police custody,” said sources.

New Delhi, January 30
With Pakistan’s flip-flop on Mumbai carnage continuing, India today dismissed with contempt the reported statement of Islamabad’s envoy to Britain Shamshul Hasan that the terror attack was not planned on the Pakistani soil.

Top government sources said New Delhi was weighing the pros and cons of approaching the United Nations to seek a ban on more Pakistan-based bodies for indulging in terrorist activities.

Talking to reporters here, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Pakistan was not conveying its response to 26/11 dossier through proper channel. “Whatever little information India has got, is through media. This is not the way the Pakistan government should respond,” said Mukherjee, who was visibly frustrated with Islamabad’s behaviour. “We want Pakistan to conduct thorough investigations and share the outcome with New Delhi,” he said.

The foreign office sources also rejected the statement of a senior Pakistan envoy Shamshul Hasan to a TV channel that the 26//11 attack was not plotted in Pakistan. “Pakistan’s territory was not used so far as we know, so far as the investigators have made a conclusion. It could have been some other place but not the UK as well,” Hasan told the channel. His comments were the first from a senior Pakistani official since India handed over the dossier of evidence.

The sources further said any attempt by Islamabad to deny that the Mumbai mayhem was not planned inside its territory would destroy whatever shred of credibility parts of the Pakistani administration have.

“The dossier prepared by India on the Mumbai strikes was so strong that New Delhi would be amazed if Pakistan could come clean on the issue,” they said.



Pak might prosecute some militants: Report

Islamabad, January 30
Some of the militants detained by Pakistan in connection with the Mumbai attacks are likely to be prosecuted with the completion of the country's probe into the terrorist incident, a media report has said.

Pakistani investigators have completed their probe into the alleged links between some of the 124 militants detained in the country and the Mumbai attacks, a senior unnamed Pakistani government official told CBS News.

The official said it was likely that some of the militants detained in Pakistan "will be prosecuted on charges that have yet to be spelled out". He did not elaborate.

Western diplomats responding to the news said a prosecution of this kind would be the first ever undertaken by Pakistan.

A senior Western diplomat said Pakistan is considering trying some of the suspects under its cyber crime laws, based on evidence that the Internet and other communication technology were used between the attackers and their backers in Pakistan.

“This is a way to put these people behind bars,” said a diplomat who spoke to CBS News on condition of anonymity.

India has blamed Pakistan-based elements, including members of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group, for masterminding and coordinating the Mumbai attacks. It has asked Pakistan to hand over these elements.

A media report earlier said that a preliminary probe into the Indian dossier on the Mumbai attacks had established that the terrorist strike was not planned within Pakistan.

Pakistan banned the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a front for the LeT, after the Mumbai attacks and sealed dozens of its offices. Over 120 members of both groups have also been detained, interior ministry chief Rehman Malik has said. — PTI



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