Pak briefs Indian envoy on its 26/11 probe

Pak Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik met Indian High Commissioner Satyabrata Pal and briefed him about country's investigation into Mumbai attacks.

Written by Agencies | Islamabad | Published:January 19, 2009 4:09 pm

Pakistan’s Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik on Monday met Indian High Commissioner Satyabrata Pal and briefed him about the country’s investigation into the Mumbai attacks.

Malik told the Indian diplomat about the formation of a three-member probe commission by Pakistan to examine all aspects of the November 26 terror strikes and the information provided by India,official sources said.

He reportedly assured Pal that Pakistan will share with India the findings of its own investigation.

No further details were immediately available.

Malik had last week announced the formation of a special investigation team headed by an Additional Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency to probe the attacks. The team will include two other officers with counter-terrorism experience,he had said.

PAK BRIEFS FOREIGN ENVOYS ON ITS 26/11 PROBE

Pakistan on Monday briefed foreign envoys on its response to the Mumbai terror attacks and its own probe into information provided by India on the terrorist incident,as part of an effort to counter the diplomatic initiative launched by New Delhi.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik briefed the ambassadors and high commissioners of most foreign missions in Islamabad at the Foreign Office.

There was no official word on the meeting though TV channels quoted sources as saying that Qureshi told the envoys that Pakistan had initiated a crackdown on the Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Lashker-e-Taiba following the Mumbai attacks.

Qureshi reportedly said that Pakistan was conducting its own probe into the information provided by India on the Mumbai incident. He also said that India had not yet responded to Pakistan’s offers to conduct a joint investigation and to send a high-level delegation to the neighbouring country to discuss modalities for such a probe.

This was the first major briefing for diplomats after the Mumbai attacks. The Pakistan government has faced criticism at home and abroad for its handling of the fallout of the Mumbai attack and its response to the diplomatic campaign mounted by India. Invitations for the briefing were sent to diplomats by the Foreign Office over the weekend.

Media reports said Indian High Commissioner was not invited for the meeting because he had been briefed by Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir just a few days ago. Some officials also pointed out that Pakistani High Commissioner was not invited to similar briefings arranged by India.

The reports also suggested that the government might share with the envoys “new information” that has not been publicised so far for security reasons.

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