In an interview to a private television channel, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said that Islamabad was conducting the trial of all the Mumbai attack accused in a transparent and professional way, and that it believes that all whosoever responsible for the ghastly terror attack must be punished.
On Friday, Jun 18 New Delhi said it had handed over a set of responses to the six dossiers received from Islamabad in connection with the terror attack on Mumbai on Nov 26, 2008.
"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 Apr 25, 2010 on the Mumbai terror attacks," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said.
It maybe recalled that through the six dossiers, Pakistan had sought the extradition from India of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the 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 has handed over to Pakistan copy of the judgment in Kasab's case by the trial court along with transcription and statements," sources added.The dossier conveys India's growing unhappiness with Pakistan's lack of concrete action against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Mohammed Saeed.
YK Sinha, Joint Secretary in-charge of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan handed the dossier on Tuesday, Jun 15 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 LeT for the Mumbai carnage 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 Nov 2008.