On the eve of the meeting of Foreign Secretaries, India on Friday handed over the eleventh dossier to Pakistan containing response to points raised by Islamabad over the Mumbai terror strikes and providing “additional information” on those involved in the attacks.
“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 April 25, 2010 on the Mumbai terror attacks,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said.
The dossier was handed over Tuesday by Y.K. Sinha, Joint Secretary in-charge of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan, to Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner Riffat Masood.
Besides containing response to all the queries raised by Pakistan in their six dossiers given on April 25, India has also provided “additional information” on those involved in the Mumbai attacks and was operating from Pakistani soil, sources told PTI.
The Indian “set of responses” also conveys India’s “mounting unhappiness” with Pakistan’s lack of “concrete action” against Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Saeed, a mastermind behind the Mumbai attacks.
In its six dossiers given on April 25 to Indian Deputy High Commissioner Rahul Kulshreshth, Pakistan had asked for three Indian officials, including two magistrates and an investigator, to be allowed to travel to that country to testify that they had recorded statement of Ajmal Kasab, sentenced to death for the Mumbai carnage.
Pakistan had also asked New Delhi to hand over Kasab, the lone terrorist captured alive during the attacks, to facilitate the trial of LeT’s operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six others charged with involvement in the strikes in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.
The Indian response comes few days ahead of the talks between Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir on June 24 during which both sides will attempt to bridge “trust deficit”.