No handing over Mumbai suspects to India: Zardari

Posted By: Devaki
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Beijing, Jul 11: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari made it clear on Saturday, Jun 10 that they are not ready to hand over the culprits of Mumbai attacks to India but added that the 'non-state actors' who derailed the Indo-Pak reconciliation will 'hopefully' be brought to justice in Pakistan.

Zardari was talking in an interview with a TV channel in China that there was no extradition treaty between the two nations. He said that India's 'mature democracy' would show the foresight in taking forward the resumed talks of reconciliation.

“I will remind you that when the incident of Bombay took place my Foreign Minister was in Delhi trying to sign a treaty with the Indians for a rapprochement, in that we had the concept of fighting terrorists together also. However, the “non-state actors managed to stall it for some time," he said.

He urged Pakistanis to be friends with all its neighbours, India being the large one. He refused to respond clearly on Pakistan's opposition to India having a more active role in Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan do not oppose India's civil nuclear deal with US.

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