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Pak talks soft, India may give more 26/11 proof

world Updated: Jan 19, 2009 02:28 IST

With Pakistan asserting that the "culprits" behind the Mumbai attacks "must be apprehended" and that Indian investigators would "be more than welcomed" to help in its probe into the terror strikes, India is considering giving more material to it. This includes the DNA sample of the arrested terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab.

The second dossier is also likely to name Lashkar-e-Tayyeba leaders Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Zarar Shah as conspirators and furnish details as to how they planned the attacks and trained the attackers.

Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik on Sunday said anyone involved in the “heinous” attacks would be prosecuted under the country’s anti-terror laws.

Malik’s comments came a day after he acknowledged that evidence regarding Mumbai attacks given to Pakistan by India contained “leads and good clues”.

“All the culprits (involved in Mumbai attacks) must be apprehended. Who will support such acts?” he told reporters in Lahore after a meeting to brief Opposition PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif, about the probe.

Earlier, during an interview with Geo News channel, Malik said Pakistan’s investigations into the Mumbai attacks were being conducted under the country’s laws and the government would not accept any foreign pressure in this regard.

He said no assistance would be sought from foreign countries though Indian investigators would “be more than welcomed” to help in the probe.

"Pakistan is very open and the inquiry officers have been bestowed with full powers to fulfil their task," Malik said. India should reciprocate Pakistan’s gestures in the same spirit and allow Pakistani investigators to travel to India, he indicated.