India will wait and watch: Pranab
Adopting a wait and watch approach, India said it will see how long Pakistan takes to complete the probe into Mumbai terror attacks, after Islamabad assured India that it has initiated actions in this regard.india Updated: Jan 18, 2009 07:28 IST
Adopting a wait and watch approach, India on Saturday said it will see how long Pakistan takes to complete the investigations into Mumbai terror attacks after Islamabad told it formally that it has initiated actions in this regard.
"We have received information from our High Commissioner in Islamabad that they (Pakistan) have started the process. Let us see how much time they take," External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters in Kolkata on the sidelines of the AGM of the Bharat Chamber of Commerce.
He said that Islamabad has officially communicated to New Delhi that the process of inquiry was launched on January 15.
Asked whether Pakistan was testing India's patience, Mukherjee said, "It takes time. Diplomatic performance cannot be like switch on and switch off.
"I have stated already that we have given them evidence collected since the November 26 attack in Mumbai. We have handed over these papers to the Pakistan authorities," he said.
On Friday, Mukherjee had asked Pakistan to undertake a "full investigation' into the Mumbai attack "in a sincere, transparent and verifiable" manner to unveil the full conspiracy into the terror strikes.
"There is no question of dilution of our demand of extradition of (those responsible for the terror acts in India)," he had said.
Pakistan Foreign Ministry had stated that it conveyed to the Indian High Commissioner "the sequence and series of actions initiated by the government of Pakistan in pursuance of its international obligations as well as those relating to the Mumbai terrorist attacks".