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India gives Mumbai evidence to Pakistan, Islamabad acknowledges

By M Rama Rao - India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 06January (asiantribune.com): India has handed over evidence to Pakistan linking the Mumbai attacks to 'elements' in that country. Islamabad has acknowledged the receipt of the information, with a saying that it is being examined by concerned authorities.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has also written to his counterparts around the globe, giving details of the Mumbai attacks, and describing in 'some detail the progress that we have made in our investigations and the evidence that we have collected' He has hoped that the 'world will unite' in ensuring an end to cross-border terrorism faced by India.

The External Affairs Ministry will also be briefing all heads of missions based in New Delhi on Tuesday. Indian ambassadors and high commissioners will be doing the same in their host countries.

Ten gunmen of Lashkar-e-Taiba stormed multiple locations in Mumbai on November 26 and laid siege of some iconic buildings for close to 70 hours. At least 200 people were killed and scores injured.

Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon gave the 'dossier' to the Pakistani high commissioner Shahid Malik. It mostly comprises interrogation of lone surviving gun man Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, intercepts of telephone conversations between gunmen and LeT and the seizures made from a vessel used by the gun men while on their way to Mumbai's Colaba front.

Details of the terrorists' communication links with elements in Pakistan during the attack, recovered weapons and equipment, and data retrieved from recovered GPS and satellite phones have also been handed over to Pakistan besides log book recovered from MV Kuber, the fishing trawler hijacked by the terrorists to enter the Indian waters and tracks it journey from Karachi to Mumbai.

Evidences point to the involvement of the ISI in planning and executing the terror attacks and includes taped conversations between ISI Majors and Generals.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee in a statement on Monday said, 'We have today handed over to Pakistan evidence of the links with elements in Pakistan of the terrorists, who attacked Mumbai on 26 November, 2008'.

He termed what had happened in Mumbai as an 'unpardonable' crime. And said, 'As far as the government of Pakistan is concerned, we ask only that it implement the bilateral commitments that it has made at the highest levels to India, and practices her international obligations. These are clear'.

The Foreign office said: 'It is our expectation that the government of Pakistan will promptly undertake further investigations in Pakistan and share the results with us so as to bring the perpetrators to justice'.

Home Minister P Chidambaram will travel to the US to share evidence on Mumbai attacks as part of efforts to build pressure on Pakistan. The American ambassador David Mulford called on Chidambaram on Saturday in New Delhi ahead of the Home Minister's visit to Washington.

Chidambaram visit to the US will mark the first step in a major diplomatic campaign that India will be launching to nail the perpetrators of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

Pak Acknowledges, Boucher In Islamabad

Reacting to Pranab Mukherjee's statement Pakistan has confirmed that they received the evidence. The proof is being examined by the concerned authorities, a spokesman said in Islamabad.

On Sunday, Pakistan said that they may allow Indian investigators to question the suspects in the Mumbai attack after Delhi provides 'sufficient evidence' of their involvement in the deadly strikes.

In its denial mode, Pakistan has said it has no record of Kasab, who was arrested by a team of Mumbai Police on the night on November 26, being a Pakistani citizen.

US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher is now in Pakistan to discuss the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks. He arrived in Islamabad on Monday in what is seen as increased US pressure on Pakistan to act in the light of "evidences provided to Islamabad by the Indian authorities regarding the Mumbai attacks and involvement of Pakistan-based militant groups.

Boucher, who is in charge of South Asia in the outgoing Bush Administration, will meet President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, and senior officers.

The 'incoming' US vice-president, Joseph Biden, is also expected to visit Pakistan this week for discussions on war on terror, Pakistan's relations with India and a $15 billion aid package for Islamabad.

-Asian Tribune-

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