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India hardly has choice except to wait for Pak response: Pranab

India has "hardly" any choice except to patiently wait for Pakistan to respond to the dossier given on Mumbai attacks, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2009 22:29 IST

India has "hardly" any choice except to patiently wait for Pakistan to respond to the dossier given on Mumbai attacks, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday.

"We won't get anything by simply losing our patience, so hardly we have a choice," Mukherjee said at CNN-IBN's 'Indian of the Year' Award function in New Delhi.

He was responding when asked how long India will wait for Pakistan's response to India's demands after the Mumbai terror strikes for which Pakistan-based elements have been blamed.

India gave the dossier of evidence on January 5 and has since been waiting for Pakistan to respond officially.

Pakistan has said it is investigating the matter and would get back to India as soon as it is over.

Queried on his status now since he is discharging duties of the Prime Minister, he said, "Simply I am discharging duties, neither I am officiating nor acting, neither de-jure nor de-facto".

He said under the Constitution of the country, there can be only one Prime Minister. But "the Prime Minister can delegate some responsibility to his colleagues and I am doing exactly that".