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Pakistan should punish Mumbai culprits: PM

india Updated: Mar 24, 2009 14:04 IST

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India expects Pakistan to do justice and punish the terrorists who attacked Mumbai, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday.

Addressing journalists after the release of the Congress manifesto here, Manmohan Singh also said diplomacy should be allowed to succeed vis-?-vis Pakistan.

The prime minister was asked if it was true that India had plans to attack Pakistan in the aftermath of the terror attack in Mumbai in November last year that killed over 170 people.

The prime minister said the whole of India felt deeply about the Mumbai killings and that "something" needed to be done in response.

"There was justified anger, and we also knew that this act was perpetrated by actors who came from Pakistan.

"We expect the government of Pakistan to bring all the culprits to book. It is in this context that we made important diplomatic efforts. Fortunately, those efforts have succeeded.

"For the first time, Pakistan has admitted that its own citizens have been involved in the terrorist act.

"We expect Pakistan to take the next step? (ensure) justice is done and culprits are punished. We still believe diplomacy should be given a chance. No purpose is served by war hysteria."