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Brown seeks nod from India, Pak to quiz Mumbai terror suspects

world Updated: Dec 14, 2008 18:40 IST
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Reflecting Britain desire to be involved in the Mumbai terror attacks, Premier Gordon Brown on Sunday sought India's permission to question the lone surviving terrorist and also pressed Pakistan that it may be also allowed to interrogate Pakistani suspects.

The request was made by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh during their breakfast meeting in New Delhi as well as his talks with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari later in Islamabad.

Brown, who had a whirlwind tour of India and Pakistan, asked Singh if he would allow British authorities to question the only known surviving gunman in the Mumbai massacre. It was a request he said he would leave with Singh.

Brown indicated that British police wish to interview Mohammed Ajmal Amir Iman, the lone surviving terrorist, a Pakistani national, who is being held in India.

During his meeting with Zardari, Brown asked his host if could allow interrogation of Pakistani suspects in the Mumbai attacks in which at least one British citizen died.

At a joint press conference with Zardari, Brown said that three-quarters of major terror plots investigated in the UK had links to al-Qaeda in Pakistan.

India has said that all the 10 gunmen were from Pakistan, as were the handlers, masterminds, weapons, and financing.

Victims of the Mumbai terror strikes included a British citizen and two other people with dual Indian-British nationality.