Dragging its feet on a response to the Mumbai terror attack dossier,Pakistan today said it needs more information from India to complete its investigation before giving a reply. The Defence Committee of the Cabinet,which was expected to finalise Pakistans reply,failed to give a clear picture on the findings of its probe even as media reports spoke of the arrest of three men in Karachi for their alleged links to Ajmal Amir Kasab,the terrorist captured in Mumbai.
The committee decided that a case should be registered and further investigation be carried out so that the perpetrators,wherever they may be,of the heinous crime are brought to justice in accordance with the law of the land, said an official statement issued after the meeting presided over by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
It,however,observed that without substantial evidence from India it will be exceedingly difficult to complete the investigation and proceed with the case. In order to complete the investigation,the questions which are arising from the inquiry carried out by the FIA need to be answered by the Indian authorities. These will be communicated to the Indian authorities shortly, it said.
The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar,Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi,Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and senior military and intelligence officials.
In New Delhi,the announcement was seen as an exercise in delay and deflection well-timed with US Special Envoy Richard Holbrookes visit. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram,in Kollam,said India had no doubt that the Mumbai attacks originated from Pakistani soil. He dismissed as rubbish media reports suggesting that the Islamabad probe had traced the attack plot to Bangladesh or Europe. (PTI with ENS reports)