Pakistan on Sunday dismissed reports that it had agreed to a 48-hour deadline set by India and the US to take action against LeT, as international pressure mounted on Islamabad to act against elements linked to the deadly Mumbai terror attack.
"We do not have to respond to each and every provocative statement or comment in the media," Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar told PTI when asked about the report in the 'Washington Post' that Pakistan had agreed to a 48-hour deadline imposed by the US and India to act against the LeT and to arrest at least three Pakistanis who Indian authorities say are linked to the November 26 attacks.
Adding to Islamabad's discomfiture was another report in British newspaper 'The Observer' which said the lone surviving gunman arrested during the terror attacks came from Okara district of Punjab in Pakistan. Islamabad has denied that the arrested terrorist is its national.
The daily claimed to have obtained electoral lists for Faridkot showing 478 registered voters including that of Mohammad Amir, married to Noor Elahi.
Mohammed Ajmal Amir Iman, the terrorist who is being interrogated by Mumbai police, has stated that he hails from Faridkot and is the son of Amir and Noor. Their village is believed to be an active recruiting ground for the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba.
The daily quoted an unidentified villager as saying that Ajmal has not lived in Faridkot for about four years but would see his family once a year and frequently talked about "freeing Kashmir from Indian rule".