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Pakistan Demands India To Provide Evidence For Mumbai Attacks
Posted on 12 December 2008
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday again demanded of India to provide the evidence so as to conduct its own investigation into the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
“Our own investigations cannot proceed beyond a certain point without provision of credible information and evidence pertaining to Mumbai attacks,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a statement.
Referring to the Security Council Resolution 1267, under which certain individuals and entities have been designated by the United Nations Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee on December 10, Qureshi said Pakistan was complying with the listing of Jamaat ud Daawa and certain other trusts as well as individuals by the Sanctions Committee.
He said it was obligatory for all states to comply with the decisions of Security Council decisions and the government has initiated the process in this respect.
The Foreign Minister said the government of Pakistan has already initiated investigations on its own.
“It is the firm conviction of Pakistan not to allow its territory to be used for any act of terrorism. Pakistan itself has been a victim of terrorism.”
However, the Foreign Minister pointed that despite requests, no evidence or information has been shared with the government by India so far.
He said any criminal investigation proceeds from the scene of crime to the criminal. This is standard investigation procedure.
“Our proposals for the establishment of a joint commission as well as joint investigations have been made in an earnest effort to move forward in an area, which equally concerns both Pakistan and India.”
Qureshi said as far as Pakistan’s own investigations were concerned, these will be pursued in accordance with its own laws.
Pakistan is committed to internationally respected concept of “due process”, he added. “It is Pakistan’s firm determination to do whatever it can to eliminate the threat of terrorism from South Asia.”