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India trashes Pak demand, calls it diversionary

india Updated: Apr 14, 2009 12:48 IST

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India rubbished Pakistan's demand for more information on Mumbai attacks, saying Islamabad was indulging in "delaying" and "diversionary" tactics which put a "question mark" on its sincerity and intent.

"We have given sufficient evidence to Pakistan to act against identified masterminds. By delaying action and raising technicalities, Pakistan would be undermining the credibility of its own commitments to take tangible action," Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma said.

He was reacting when asked to comment on Pakistan's contention that the information provided by India is not sufficient and it should be given more details to enable it to take investigations forward.

"Delaying tactics and invoking purely technical issues puts a question mark on sincerity and intent of Pakistan," Sharma said.

"We are waiting for tangible actions by Pakistan and not excuses," he said.

"What is required is that Pakistan should take action and prove sincerity by bringing perpetrators of the heinous crime to justice," the MoS for External Affairs said.

He also ridiculed Pakistan for seeking the statement of former Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare, who was killed during the 26/11 attacks, with regard to Colonel S K Purohit in Samjhauta Express blasts.

"It is unconnected. It has nothing to do with 26/11. It is diversionary tactic," Sharma said, while noting that the matter before India and Pakistan right now is how to bring perpetrators of Mumbai attacks to justice.

He also pointed out that in the case of Purohit, who is accused in Malegaon blasts, India itself took action even on mere suspicion against the serving army officer.