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Updated: June 27, 2012 00:45 IST

26/11 handler’s arrest: Pak offers India counter-terror cooperation

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A file photo of Zabiuddin Ansari.
A file photo of Zabiuddin Ansari.

Pakistan on Tuesday offered India counter-terrorism cooperation in the backdrop of the arrest of Zabiuddin Ansari, a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist and key handler of attackers who struck Mumbai in 2008.

Maintaining that Pakistan has been at the forefront in the campaign against terror, the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi said terrorism is a common concern.

“As agreed at the highest level between Pakistan and India, terrorism is a common concern and counter-terrorism cooperation is in the mutual interest of both countries.

“Pakistan has renewed its offer of cooperation in this domain,” the High Commission said in a statement said without elaborating.

Ansari alias Abu Jindal, was arrested by Delhi Police after he was deported by Saudi Arabia on June 21.

He had been staying there on a Pakistani passport and is alleged to have been on a recruiting mission for LeT.

Offer for cooperation from Pakistan needs to be handled very systematically and scientifically.Competence of our officials are well known and nepotism,political interference etc have substantially damaged our system, where in many incompetent persons have occupied positions they do not deserve.Only manipulation of file writing is done methodically instead of actual work needed to resolve issues.

from:  atis
Posted on: Jun 27, 2012 at 14:10 IST

Pakistan should not be allowed to get away with this rhetoric that Pakistan is at the forefront of war against terror or World should seek its cooperation in dealing with the menace of terrorism. The fact is this that with every passing day fresh developments point a finger towards Pakistan's state actors themselves being architects of 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. First thing India needs to do is to show Pakistan its place that, for us, you are prime suspect, and stop obfuscating the issue with the rhetoric of "share with us whatever you have" as they neither deserve the honour nor the attention they seek. The question is what did Pakistan do with 6 dossier containing compelling evidence of Pakistan based LeT and its leaders ? Already,the judge hearing the case have been transferred for fifth time! Pakistan is insincere as its state actors are involved but that doesn't mean we should keep quiet.

from:  Sheetal
Posted on: Jun 27, 2012 at 02:43 IST

It is unclear what cooperation Pakistan is talking about. Pakistan will not arrest and hand over the LeT chief, Saeed, to India which considers him to the mastermind behind all the terrorist attacts carried out against it by LeT. Saeed, roams about freely within Pakistan even though the US has also declared him a terrorist and placed a reward of $10000 for his capture. Pakistan is also not arresting and handing over to India Dawood Ibrahim fo whom an Interpol red alert has been issued. The offer of cooperation comes after the arrest of Zabiuddin Ansari. Ansari was arrested by Saudi Arabia and handed over to India following intense pressure by the US.

from:  krishna
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 23:29 IST

Well once Pakistan stops sheilding the 26/11 accused in Pakistan and making farce of the so called judicial proceedings against them for last 4 years, India will know they they have changed. Evidence suggests, nothing has changed and the same duplicitous game continues.

from:  rajiv
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 17:31 IST

India, am afraid still very naive to conduct these inquiries to the satisfaction of all in India. They netted a very hard core terror suspect and it is hoped that our intelligentsia will nail it all and bring a sad chapter to a closure. If I was an investigator I would refuse Pakistan's help, point blank. Period. If anything our neighbor to the West has been more problematic right from the time 26/11 unfolded right in front of our eyes. They could have been helpful in the past, but chose not to help with delay and procrastination. Everyone in the World was convinced of Pakistan's complicity in 26/11, but not Pakistan. There is no decency left in that country. Bottom line, let us not take their offer for any help especially after the suspect was caught and thanks to Saudi Arabia!. Pakistan's offer of help is for public consumption directed at the World, but I reckon that Pakistan has long way to go to establish its credibility. No body trust them, certainly not in India.

from:  Raman
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 16:18 IST

HAS PAKISTAN HEARD OF THE SAYING 'ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS' ? Pakistan comes out with supportive statements while nurturing terrorists on its soil.

from:  vipul dave
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 15:50 IST

Pak helping India in 26/11 probe, now there is not a shadow of doubt about this ansari's involvement and also that he knows stuff that can be used against pak's sponsored terrorists.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 14:16 IST

In the guise of offering counter terrorisim Pak wants our secrets.First the accused should be booked by them and punished.All of them have state protection in Pakistan.

from:  jayaraman
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 14:08 IST

II In my view, the Indian government should not let a Pakistani official come anywhere near Abu Hamza. It has been a consistent Indian position all along that Pakistan maintains an extensive infrastructure of terrorist training camps in Pakistan and POK. I am aghast at the ease with which journalists obtain the details of this operation from an Indian intelligence insider. Indian intelligence should have been doubly careful about ensuring that no details got public: there are bound to be future occasions when similar actions may have to be repeated in respect of other terrorists. Pakistan should not have been anywhere near the activities of the Indian intelligence and, if they were, someone should not have been talking about it to a journalist, even on condition of anonymity. We can appreciate that the journalist has been enterprising but intelligence people have been negligent. This will hamper future work of intelligence agencies.

from:  V. C. Bhutani
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 13:59 IST

In our country it will take a long time for a case to settle. Our kind request is that atleast feel concern for the common people and settle everything in good pace

from:  Namita
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 13:54 IST

Let them arrest and prosecute Hafez Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim (let alone hand over to India). That will show that Pakistan is genuinely interested in tackling terrorism. Till then, every word uttered by Pakistan will be treated as a lie.

from:  Arun Murthy
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 13:53 IST

It is hoped that the arrest of this jihadi terrorist will lead to the identity of the planners and handlers of the Mumbai attacks. Once the legal process has been duly completed and guilt proven then in memory of those innocent lives brutally murdered these terrorists must meet swift justice. As for pakistan's offer on cooperation that must be the height of duplicity as asymmetric warfare is a policy of the deep state in pakistan as it serves to keep the armed forces in a central position of control and authority in pakistan. It is incapable of giving justice to its own people and frankly it will not bring its deep state elements responsible for the Mumbai attacks to justice. Once investigations are complete and the controllers identified, India must seek international sanctions on pakistan..

from:  Sohail Zahid
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 13:49 IST

'The proof of the pudding is in the eating'. Millions in India will take the word of Honorable Pakistan High Commissioner seriously only when his government act with courage and conviction against the likes of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed who with utter impunity, ceaselessly promote terror and violent hatred against India from Pakistan soil. None, out side Pakistan, will attach any seriousness to the announcement that " terrorism is a common concern and counter-terrorism cooperation is in the mutual interest of both countries". An effective decision is measured by action, not by mere decibels.

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 12:23 IST

It took a while for the Pakistanis to come to the party. Now they are worried about the high ranking ISI handlers of Ansari. They will still play the cat and mouse game without revealing anything of substance.

from:  mani sandilya
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 11:57 IST
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