26/11 probe done, will share information: Qureshi
Pakistan says it had completed its preliminary investigation into India’s dossier on the Mumbai terror attacks and would share the findings with New Delhi and rest of the world, reports Tushar Srivastava. Pak may prosecute...world Updated: Jan 31, 2009 01:31 IST
Pakistan on Friday said it had completed its preliminary investigation into India’s dossier on the Mumbai terror attacks and would share the findings with New Delhi and rest of the world.
“The federal investigation agency of the interior ministry of Pakistan has completed the preliminary investigation and sent (its report) to the law department,” Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said after addressing a conference at the International Islamic University. Pak may prosecute...
After a review by the law department, the report will go to the foreign ministry. It would then be shared with India and the international community, he said.
He said Pakistan’s high commissioner to India Shahid Malik met home minister P. Chidambaram on Friday and updated him on the latest developments regarding the investigation into the Mumbai attacks. On January 5, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon had handed over to Malik the dossier containing evidence — including the confession of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone Pakistani terrorist held during the Mumbai attacks.
Pak PM ticks off envoy
A senior Pakistani diplomat said the attacks were not planned in his country only to be ticked off by that country’s Prime Minister.
Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Britain Wajid Shamsul Hasan said he had spoken to Pakistani interior ministry officials to check on reports that said the attacks were planned in the UK.
“They told me there was no evidence of UK involvement. The attacks were not planned in either Pakistan or the UK. However, they said it was planned in some other outside place. It may not necessarily be a country — it could be a ship,” he told a news agency.
Hasan was later contradicted by Pakistani PM Yousuf Raza Gilani who, speaking to a news channel in Davos said, “He can’t comment at the moment when the Prime Minister can’t comment. How can anybody comment? Because it is only the job of the Interior Ministry.”
Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said New Delhi hadn’t received any information from Pakistan “through official channels”.
“We have given them material. We expect them to investigate and let us know the outcome of the investigation. This is not the way the government should respond,” he said.
First Published: Jan 30, 2009 21:55 IST