Pak expected to respond to dossier directly

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Shiv Shankar Menon
On Board a Special Aircraft: India has been persistently asking Pakistan to reply on the dossier provided, instead of doing the talking through media and other forum.

"The fact is that we have Pakistan saying various things at various times, various forms and to various audiences", Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon told journalists accompanying him on return from Dhaka to Delhi.

He said India was "not going to react to statements to the media, different statements through different people, through speculation and through guesswork", when asked about his reaction on media reports on Pak's response to dossier.

"If they (Pakistan) have something to say to us, they should come and directly talk to us", Menon said.

The meeting of the cabinet Defence Coordination Committee, chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousuf Raza Gilani concluded stating that the evidence provided on Mumbai terror attacks by India is insufficient.

"The meeting, however, observed that without substantial evidence from India it will be exceedingly difficult to complete the investigation and proceed with the case," said a statement issued after the meeting, which was attended among others, by Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

"In order to complete the investigation the questions which are arising from the inquiry carried out by the FIA (Federal Investigation Agency) need to be answered by the Indian authorities," the statement said.

"These will be communicated to the Indian authorities shortly," it added.

So until Pakistan despatches a specific reply on the terror dossier to India through the proper diplomatic channels, it is unlikely that the investigations coordinating proofs and evidences on either sides will proceed any further quickly enough.


OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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