India chooses to wait patiently over Pak investigations

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Pranab Mukherjee
Kolkata, Jan 17: After Pakistan's formal announcement that it will initiate probe into the Mumbai Terror attacks on Thursday, Jan 15, India said that it adopt the 'wait and watch' approach to see how long Pakistan takes to investigate.

"We have received information from our High Commissioner in Islamabad that they (Pakistan) have started the process. Let us see how much time they take," External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters on the sidelines of the AGM of the Bharat Chamber of Commerce.

Asked whether Pakistan was testing India's patience, Mukherjee said, "it takes time. Diplomatic performance cannot be like switch on and switch off.

"I have stated already that we have given them evidence collected since the November 26 attack in Mumbai. We have handed over these papers to the Pakistan authorities," he said.

On Friday, Jan 16 Pranab had asked Pakistan to undertake a full and complete probe into the Mumbai Terror Attacks in a transparent manner.

"There is no question of dilution of our demand of extradition of (those responsible for the terror acts in India)," he had said.

The Pakistan Foreign Ministry had stated that it conveyed to the Indian High Commissioner "the sequence and series of actions initiated by the government of Pakistan in pursuance of its international obligations as well as those relating to the Mumbai terrorist attacks".

OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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