Pak asks India for report of Mehmood's death

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Islamabad, Mar 14: Expressing dissatisfaction over the clarification issued by the Indian High Commission about Pakistani national Khalid Mehmood's death in Indian custody, Islamabad has again asked New Delhi to provide a full report of the incident and share the investigation. ''We have seen the clarification issued through the media by the Indian High Commission but the explanation does not fully explain the circumstances for Mehmood's death,'' Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Sadiq said. Indian authorities have been asked again to provide a full report in the circumstances of Mehmood's death and share the investigation conducted in this matter instead of shifting the blame for the wrong done, the Associated Press of Pakistan quoted Mr Sadiq as saying.

On March 13 the Indian High Commission had declared that Mehmood died of illness at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi on February 12 and ''no torture was inflicted'' on him. Pakistan had earlier expressed ''deep shock and anger'' over the death of the Pakistani national in what it termed ''mysterious circumstances''. The ministry spokesperson had then said it was regrettable that India did not inform Pakistan's High Commission in Delhi about the arrest of Mehmood, whose body was handed over to Pakistani authorities at Wagah on Monday.

According to the Indian High Commission, Mehmood went to India on a four-day cricket visa in April 2005 to watch a game. He then ''disappeared in the country'' and was arrested by police in Faridabad on May 17, 2006, more than a year after his visa had expired. Sensitive documents were recovered from Mehmood's possession, which he was carrying to Delhi to deliver to some people, who were travelling to Pakistan by the Samjhauta Express, it said.


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