We have given Pakistan enough information to act: PM
Replying to Pakistan's Interior Minister Rahman Malik's statement on Monday that India had not provided adequate information on 26/11 attacks, PM Manmohan Singh today said that India had given them enough information and it was now for Islamabad to act on it.india Updated: Apr 14, 2009 19:38 IST
India on Tuesday slammed Pakistan for claiming that the evidence provided on Mumbai terror attack was not sufficient with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying Islamabad should act as 'enough' information has been given.
"We have given enough information for them to act and it is for them to act," Singh told reporters on the sidelines of the civil investiture ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
He was asked to comment on Pakistan's contention that the information provided by India was insufficient and it should be given more details to enable it to take the probe forward.
Reacting to the same question, Home Minister P Chidambaram rubbished Pakistan's contention and said if their agencies could not carry out the investigations, it should allow the American agency FBI to do so.
"What is the use of a government which keeps on saying that the evidence is not sufficient? The evidence remains in Pakistan. The persons to be investigated are in Pakistan."
"If Pakistani investigating agencies cannot do anything, why don't they let FBI," Chidambaram said.
FBI has already requested access to the people which Pakistan claims have arrested in connection with the 26/11 attacks, but Islamabad has turned it down.
In a tongue-in-cheek remark, the home minister said, "if they cannot investigate, will they allow Indian agencies to investigate?"
A month after India gave a detailed 401-page response to Pakistan's 30 queries relating to Mumbai attack, Islamabad on Monday claimed the information was not sufficient to pursue its probe.
Pakistan's Interior Ministry chief Rahman Malik said India should provide the statement made by Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist held during the attack, to the judge.
He also claimed India had not given details of SIM cards and coordinates of GPS used by the ten terrorists who attacked Mumbai.
He claimed DNA reports of Kasab and a slain terrorist, Ismail, were identical.
New Delhi sees these as "delaying and diversionary" tactics by Islamabad.
"Delaying tactics and invoking purely technical issues put a question mark on sincerity and intent of Pakistan," Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma has said.
"We are waiting for tangible actions by Pakistan and not excuses," he said.
First Published: Apr 14, 2009 19:06 IST