11/7: India to test Pak promises
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11/7: India to test Pak promises

India will shortly present to Pak the names of its nationals involved in the Mumbai blasts along with evidence.

india Updated: Oct 04, 2006 23:49 IST

India will shortly present to Pakistan the names of its nationals suspected to be involved in the deadly Mumbai blasts along with related evidence through the joint anti-terror mechanism recently agreed upon, highly placed sources said here on Wednesday.

As many as 11 Pakistani nationals were directly involved in the serial blasts on July 11 in which nearly 200 people died, according to the Mumbai police which said that the attacks were planned by ISI in Pakistan and carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba with the help of the banned Islamic Students Movement of India (SIMI).

Two of the Pakistanis involved are dead but the remaining are believed to have escaped to their country or could be hiding in India. LeT's commander in Pakistan's Bahawalput district, Azam Cheema is suspected to be the brain behind the conspiracy.

Islamabad's rejection of the Mumbai police claims and its refusal to handover any suspects to India is unacceptable to New Delhi which wants this case to be the first test for the joint mechanism.

As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on his way back home from South Africa, the evidence of Pakistani involvement will be offered to Islamabad through the joint mechanism and it would be ascertained "how sincere they are in carrying forward the commitment I and President Musharraf have underlined" in the joint statement from Havana.

"Whatever has been discovered (by Mumbai police), we shall share that information with Pakistan", he told reporters, adding "we will test the water".

There was condemnation of the Mumbai blasts in the joint statement and also an explicit mention that the two countries will work to control the menace of terrorism, he recalled.

First Published: Oct 04, 2006 13:54 IST