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Pakistan seeks to capitalise on Modi's statement on Kasab

world Updated: Jan 23, 2009 22:16 IST

Pakistan on Friday sought to take advantage of Narendra Modi's remarks on lone captured Mumbai attacker Ajmal Kasab, claiming that the Gujarat chief minister "agreed" with its stance that India handed over to Islamabad "mere information" and not evidence on the terror strikes.

Modi had recently attacked the UPA Government for asking Pakistan to accept the statement of Kasab as evidence and said that India itself "does not have a similar provision under its laws".

On Modi's remarks, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said "I want to set the record straight.

"Gujarat Chief Minister Modi has said that mere information cannot be evidence. He agreed with my stand that information is not evidence."

Inaugurating a Forensic Science Conference in Ahmedabad on January 18, Modi had said: "We tell Pakistan that Kasab has given the statement and consider this as evidence as everything has been done from Pakistan. We tell US also that his statement should be considered as evidence."

"What if Pakistan and US both tell India that does your law have similar provision which accepts Kasab's statement as evidence? What can be more unfortunate?" he had wondered.

Gilani, addressing a press conference in Lahore, also ruled out handing over of any Pakistani terror suspects to any other nation, saying Islamabad's anti-terror laws would have to be amended to try persons who committed offences outside the country.

"There are some discrepancies in our laws. We do not have an extradition treaty with India. And our Anti-Terrorism Act...Needs little more alteration," he said.