FIA, CBI should work together on terror and 26/11: Pak
Pakistan today indicated its willingness to provide voice samples of 26/11 handlers and offer any other kind of cooperation to India. At a joint press interaction with Home Minister P Chidambaram, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the agencies of the two countries would be working together to prevent any repeat of Mumbai attacks.world Updated: Jun 26, 2010 22:20 IST
Sending out positive signals, Pakistan today indicated its willingness to provide voice samples of 26/11 handlers and offer any other kind of cooperation to India, which pressed for "visible" outcomes in action against all those involved in the Mumbai carnage.
At a joint press interaction with Home Minister P Chidambaram, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the agencies of the two countries would be working together to prevent any repeat of Mumbai attacks and suggested that its Federal Investigating Agency (FIA) and CBI work together on the issue of terrorism, including on the 26/11 case.
"I will leave tomorrow with the conviction that we have both exchanged views, we both understand the requirements of the situation," Chidambaram said about his talks with Malik in Islamabad on Friday.
"We both agreed that we shall address the situation with seriousness it deserves. So I go back with confidence that the outcome of our meeting and interaction will be very good for both the countries," he said.
Endorsing Chidambaram's comments, Malik said, "Our resolve is against terrorism and the resolve is to take the Mumbai attack terrorists, criminals to their logical conclusion."
He said they discussed a number of issues. "We are both against the acts of terrorism and we will work together to clear this menace in this region," he said.
"We will like our FIA and CBI to interact with each other in matters of terrorism including the Mumbai attacks," he said.
When pointed out that India had made it clear that another 26/11 would derail the resumed dialogue process, the Interior Minister said, "We have resolved together that both agencies from India and Pakistan will be working together and we will not allow any such incident in future."
Asked to comment on the slow pace of probe and trial by Pakistan in the 26/11 case, Chidambaram said, "nobody is questioning anyone's intention. It is the outcome that will decide whether we have the right track. Let the outcomes be visible. We have agreed that there are certain outcomes we are looking forward to."
Earlier, addressing a separate press conference, Chidambaram pitched for prosecution of more people involved in the Mumbai terror attacks.
"We know that seven people (are being) prosecuted in the case. How far the prosecution has proceeded, it is for the Pakistani government to tell. We think that more people were behind the attacks and more people should be prosecuted," he said.
"That point has been made to the Pakistani government and as I said, I wish to remain positive on the outcome of the meeting with Rehman Malik," the Home Minister said.
Malik told another press conference that Pakistan "will provide every possible assistance in addition to what you are talking about – voice samples".
First Published: Jun 26, 2010 22:04 IST