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Pak may send probe team to India over Mumbai strikes: Gilani

Pak PM said that he is considering the possibility of sending an investigation team to India as part of its probe into the Mumbai attacks.

Written by Agencies | Islamabad | Published: February 18, 2009 8:28 pm

Pakistan is considering the possibility of sending an investigation team to India as part of its probe into the Mumbai attacks,Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Wednesday.

Gilani,who was in Lahore on an official visit,told reporters that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had sought permission for its team to visit India.

The government is seriously considering sending the FIA team to India,he was quoted as saying by TV channels.

He also said India is yet to reply to questions submitted by Pakistan along with its response to the Indian dossier on the Mumbai attacks.

Pakistan had given India a set of 30 questions seeking more information on the November 26 Mumbai attacks along with its response,which was handed over on February 12.

The FIA conducted a probe into the attacks after India gave its dossier to Pakistan on January 5.

Pakistan has said it has filed formal charges against nine suspects linked to the Mumbai attacks,including Ajmal Amir Kasab,the lone terrorist captured alive during the attacks by Indian authorities.

It has said six of the suspects are in the custody of authorities while two others are still at large though they have been identified.

Pakistan has also acknowledged that part of the conspiracy behind the attacks was hatched on Pakistani soil.

Surprised over Ghazi’s statement,officials of the Indian High Commission too said they had not received any formal request from Pakistani authorities for the handing over of Kasab.

They also said such a request was not part of Pakistan’s official response to the Indian dossier on the Mumbai attacks.

After weeks of denial,Pakistan last month acknowledged Kasab as its national.

Last week,Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik had said that Islamabad may ask New Delhi for Kasab’s custody in case it was required as part of prosecution of the case in Pakistan.

In Lahore,Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Pakistan was considering the possibility of sending an investigation team to India as part of its probe into the Mumbai attacks.

He said the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had sought permission for its team to visit India.

Gilani also said India is yet to reply to questions submitted by Pakistan along with its response to the Indian dossier on the Mumbai attacks.

Pakistan had given India a set of 30 questions seeking more information on the Mumbai attacks along with its response,which was handed over on February 12.

Pakistan has said it has filed formal charges against nine suspects linked to the Mumbai attacks,including Kasab.

It has said six of the suspects are in the custody of authorities while two others are still at large though they have been identified.

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