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Pak serious about prosecuting 26/11 suspects: Gilani

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday said that Pakistan is serious about prosecuting suspects in the Mumbai terror attacks in accordance with its own laws in a transparent trial.

world Updated: Jan 17, 2009 02:48 IST

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday said that Pakistan is serious about prosecuting suspects in the Mumbai terror attacks in accordance with its own laws in a transparent trial.

During talks with visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Gilani said the government had launched a formal inquiry by counter-terrorism experts into the Mumbai incident.

Gilani "reiterated his government's stance that Pakistan was serious to prosecute the suspects of the Mumbai attacks in accordance with its law in a transparent and fair trial", an official statement said.

Pakistan is seeking a joint investigation because full cooperation by India is necessary to "ensure a proper trial", he said.

Gilani briefed Miliband about steps taken by the Pakistan government to implement the UN Security Council's restrictions on the Jamaat-ud-Dawah and the inquiry into the Mumbai attacks. Once the inquiry is completed, its results will be shared with India and the rest of the world, he added.

The premier said he had appreciated External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's statement about dropping the demand for extradition of suspects to India, but regretted that he (Mukherjee) had "since retracted his statement".

Gilani also called on India to "cut down on the rhetoric" as Pakistan has begun a formal inquiry into the Mumbai incident. He hoped the Indian leadership would "refrain from indulging in a global propaganda offensive against Pakistan by recognizing the merit of his government's action".