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26/11: Pak asks India to give more info

world Updated: May 07, 2009 19:29 IST

Pakistan on Thursday asked India to provide additional information on the Mumbai attacks "as soon as possible" so that it could put up a "credible prosecution" of all persons arrested by it for involvement in the terrorist strikes.

Pakistan will not be able to "put up a credible prosecution" of the persons arrested for alleged involvement in the terror attacks if New Delhi does not provide the additional information sought by Islamabad, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said.

Pakistan is "very serious" about bringing to justice the persons it has arrested and it is thus necessary for India to provide the additional information and evidence "as soon as possible," Basit told a weekly news briefing.

He was responding to a question on reported comments by Indian leaders about Pakistan not being serious about taking action against the persons it has arrested.

India has provided a dossier on the Mumbai attacks and responded to Pakistan's 30 questions seeking additional information. Pakistan handed over to India another request for additional information last month.

Basit said it would have been better if "India had provided all information in the first instance and not in instalments".

Pakistani authorities recently submitted a chargesheet against five Lashker-e-Taiba operatives –- Zakiur Rehman lakhvi, Zarar Shah, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Abu al Qama and Shahid Jameel Riaz -– arrested for alleged involvement in the Mumbai attacks.

An anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi is conducting the trial of the five LeT operatives.

Why should voting day be declared a holiday: Kiran Bedi (Neha)

New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) Voicing unhappiness over the low voter turnout in the national capital, of around 40 percent, former police officer Kiran Bedi said Thursday that voting day should not be made a public holiday.

“The message is loud and clear… you do not need the whole day to go and vote. You just need 2-3 hours, and not eight hours,” Bedi, the first woman officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS), told reporters after casting her vote.

“I think it is principally wrong to declare it as a holiday because then people are not mobile… they are lazy and take it as a family get-together,” she added.

“I think it should be declared as a half day. This means either you go to work and then vote or you vote first and then go to work. This way even the supervisors get the responsibility to ensure that their employees vote,” said Bedi, also a social activist.