26/11 Case: India hands over Kasab's confessional statement to Pakistan

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New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): India on Friday said that it handed over a set of responses to the six dossiers received from Pakistan in connection with the terror attack on Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

In response to a question, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said: "The Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan was called in the afternoon and handed over a set of responses to the six dossiers received from Pakistan on April 25, 2010 on the Mumbai terror attacks."

It maybe recalled that through the six dossiers, Pakistan had sought the extradition from India of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the suspected lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks and Fahim Ansari, an Indian accused of conducting reconnaissance of Mumbai landmarks before the attack to further its own investigation into the case.

"India today has handed over to Pakistan copy of the judgement in Kasab's case by the trial court along with transcription and statements," sources said.

They also said that has also been provided by New Delhi to Islamabad with additional information on those involved in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and were operating from Pakistan.

The dossier conveys India's growing unhappiness with Pakistan's lack of concrete action against Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Saeed.

Y.K. Sinha, Joint Secretary in-charge of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan handed the dossier on Tuesday to Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner Riffat Masood.

The Pakistan Foreign Office had handed over these dossiers to Indian Deputy High Commissioner Rahul Kulshreshth.

India blames the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba for the Mumbai attacks and has broken off composite dialogue talks with Pakistan, saying Islamabad must first act against militants operating from its soil, including the Lashkar before a peace process can resume.

Pakistan has maintained that access to statements of the accused, especially Kasab"s, would be helpful.

Kasab is accused of being one of 10 gunmen who attacked Mumbai in November 2008 in a three-day rampage. (ANI)

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