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Pak asks India to share Mumbai attack evidence

Pakistan has asked India to share evidence on the Mumbai attacks, saying its probe into the incident could not proceed unless there is pragmatic cooperation between the two countries.

world Updated: Dec 12, 2008 11:37 IST

Pakistan on Thursday asked India to share information and evidence on the Mumbai terrorist attacks, saying its probe into the incident could not proceed unless there is "sustained and pragmatic cooperation" between the two countries.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said India had so far not shared any information or evidence on the attacks despite requests from Pakistan.

"Any criminal investigation proceeds from the scene of crime to the criminal...Pakistan has repeatedly underscored the need for serious, sustained and pragmatic cooperation between Pakistan and India to combat terrorism in either country," Qureshi said in a statement aired live on state-run PTV late on Thursday night.

He said Pakistan had also proposed the establishment of a joint commission and the launching of a joint investigation "in an earnest effort to move forward in an area which equally concerns both Pakistan and India".

"However, our own investigations cannot proceed beyond a certain point without provision of credible information and evidence pertaining to Mumbai attacks. Despite our requests, no evidence or information has been shared with the government by India so far," Qureshi said.

Pakistan had also initiated the process to comply with the listing of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, "certain other trusts as well as individuals" as terrorists and terror groups by a sanctions committee of the UN Security Council. These entities and individuals include the Lashker-e-Taiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawah, he said.

Qureshi spoke hours after the Pakistan government banned the Jamaat, put its chief Hafiz Mohammed Saeed under house arrest and sealed several offices of the group across the countinent.

First Published: Dec 12, 2008 10:54 IST