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Dossier Response
India slams Pak for lack of sincerity
Ashok Tuteja
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 9
With Pakistan again trying to hoodwink the international community on its response to the Indian dossier on the Mumbai attacks, India tonight slammed Islamabad for not showing any sincerity in getting to the bottom of the audacious strikes.

“They (Pakistan) have to demonstrate that they are sincere and take tangible action against the perpetrators of the attacks,” Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma said.

When his attention was drawn to the statement issued by the Pakistan government, which said it would be difficult for Islamabad to complete the investigations without substantial evidence from India, he said, “We have only seen media reports...we have not received any official response so far.”

The minister asserted that the Indian dossier on the Mumbai mayhem was comprehensive and the entire international community was convinced about its authenticity. Pakistan must take action against the terrorist organisations, which have been identified, as well as individuals, who are having a free run in the neighbouring country.

Sharma’s comments came amid renewed pressure on the UPA government to recall the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad and cut off trade, transport and cultural links with the neighbouring country.

Reports from Islamabad suggesting that Pakistan needed more information from India on the Mumbai attacks have also not gone down well with officials in the External Affairs Ministry.

“We have not received any official response from Pakistan so far to the dossier we have given them...let them convey us the outcome of their investigations formally, we won’t say anything until them,” an official said. The official said Islamabad’s attitude could further vitiate the atmosphere and New Delhi might have to resort to some punitive diplomatic actions it has resisted so far, despite pressure from all quarters.

India could consider not naming its new High Commissioner to Pakistan to succeed Satyabrata Pal, who is scheduled to retire on February 28, although the name of Sudhir Vyas, currently ambassador to Bhutan, is doing the rounds.

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26/11 originated from Pak: PC

Kollam (Kerala), February 9
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said India had no doubt that the Mumbai terror attacks originated from Pakistan soil and the government was awaiting Pakistan’s reply on the dossier it had submitted.

“There is no doubt that the Mumbai terror attacks were planned and executed from Pakistan’s soil. We have given the dossier to a hundred countries. Nobody has expressed any doubt on it,” Chidambaram told reporters here. He said the Centre was waiting for the official reply from Pakistan on the matter.

When his reaction was sought on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s reported comment that terror is to be fought with terror, Chidambaram said terrorism had to be neutralised only with the police and security forces. “I don’t know what he meant by that. I think he must have had some vigilante groups in his mind. In a civilised society, vigilante groups have no place”, he said.

Asked about reports that terrorists could target some major dams in the country, he said the Centre was sharing intelligence inputs with the state governments whenever such information was brought to the government’s notice. — PTI

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Pak panel scans report, reply not yet
Afzal Khan writes from Islamabad

A top Pakistan cabinet committee met under Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday to examine the findings of the probe conducted by Islamabad on the basis of the 26/11 dossier provided by India.

The committee decided that Pakistanis involved in the attacks, if any, would be tried in their own (Pakistan’s) court. The inquiry into the attacks, as per a statement issued by the committee after the meeting, was undertaken in a “transparent, professional and fair manner”.

It said the counter-queries raised by the Pakistani authorities about the Mumbai attacks should be answered by their Indian counterparts, as they were a must for further investigation.

The committee also directed the authorities concerned to undertake more investigations into the attacks, “so that the perpetrators could be punished”. It was also directed that a case be registered in the light of FIA's probe.

India has been awaiting Pakistan’s response to its dossier, which the latter had said would be out on Monday. Though the probe into the allegations contained in the dossier, say sources, had been completed some time ago, the government was apparently weighing the implications of its findings before passing it on to India.

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Ban Indian channels: Pak Senate

Islamabad: The Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting of the Senate on Monday recommended that the government should immediately ban Indian TV channels in Pakistan. The committee asked the Ministry of Information and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to ban all Indian channels on cable in the country. — TNS

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Pak arrests Kasab aides: Report
Afzal Khan writes from Islamabad

Intelligence agencies have detained three men in Karachi over their alleged involvement with Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Lahore's daily Times quoting a source " privy to the matter" disclosed that intelligence agencies had taken the men into custody from different areas of Karachi in connection with their alleged affiliation with Kasab.

They were reportedly taken to Islamabad and an investigation is in progress. The relevant officials refused to comment when contacted.

The source claimed the arrests were made by the Federal Investigation Agency in collaboration with other intelligence agencies.

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