Friday 9 January 2009
Islamabad (PTI) — Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday said the ISI has given its “feedback” to India on “some information” about the Mumbai attacks that New Delhi had shared with US intelligence agency CIA.
He also maintained that all further action will be taken according to Pakistani laws.
India gave “some information” in a 52-page dossier to the CIA that was shared with Pakistan, Gilani said.
«Our ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) has given its feedback and shared information. That has been passed on to India», the premier told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
«The CIA and ISI have an old working relation. If there is need for any more information, we are ready to cooperate. But as far as the other things are concerned, we have to look into our own laws», Gilani said in response to a question about India’s demand for its dossier on the Mumbai attacks to be treated as a first information report (FIR).
India had handed over a 69-page dossier to Pakistani officials on its probe into the Mumbai attacks and the evidence of involvement of Pakistani elements in the terror strikes that claimed over 180 lives.
That document contained a list of “handlers” who are based in Pakistan and were in touch with the terrorists during the attacks in November 26 last year.
India is convinced of the central role played by Pakistan’s army in Mumbai terror attacks, but has stopped short of blaming it openly.
Sources close to the Indian intelligence establishment are convinced that the conspiracy was hatched and executed at the Pakistani army headquarters but there was no proof to substantiate it.
In its strongest accusation till date, the US ambassador to India David Mulford on Friday said that US will pursue Mumbai attackers as long as it takes. «We will pursue 26/11 terrorists till they are brought to book», said Mulford. «The US to go non-stop as long as it takes in pursuing perpetrators of Mumbai terror attacks», the US ambassador said.
The ambassador said the Mumbai attack appeared to have been carried out by people from Pakistan and “managed and monitored by Pakistan”. «We’ll press ahead as long as it takes», he said at a function organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry.