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Pakistan has sent queries on dossier, says M.K. Narayanan

New Delhi: Pakistan is probing the Mumbai terror attacks in a manner an investigating agency “should proceed” and has sent two sets of questions on India’s dossier handed over to it, one of which has already been replied to.

“What I am aware of is that after the receipt of the dossier by Pakistan, the Pakistan government has reverted to us and asked a number of questions to which answers have been provided,” National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan told Karan Thapar in CNN-IBN’s ‘Devil’s Advocate’ programme. He was responding to a query on the recent statement of Pakistan High Commissioner in Britain Wajid Shamsul Hasan that Pakistani soil was not used for planning the Mumbai terror strikes.

Mr. Narayanan said: “I assume that they are yet to receive a reply to the second set of queries they have made. So, I don’t know what the Pakistan High Commissioner in London is talking about. I can only say that it is part of the dysfunctional manner in which several things are taking place in that country.”

Asked if he was satisfied with the Pakistani response to the dossier, he said, “Certainly they appear to be taking things seriously and at least they are proceeding in a manner that one would expect an investigating agency to proceed, asking queries and not taking everything that is given at the face value that has been given. — PTI

Marcus Dam reports from Kolkata:

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Sunday that India had not been officially informed as yet by the Pakistan government of the latter’s findings of its investigations. “They [the Pakistan government] have been requested to inform us of their findings [if the investigations are completed] through official channels given the diplomatic relations that exist between our two countries,” he told journalists in Murshidabad district.

“I have read in newspapers and seen on television reports that Pakistan Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, has said that their investigations are complete. Saying so to newspapers is his prerogative but I have requested them [Pakistan] that if their investigations are completed please let us know either through our High Commissioner in Islamabad or your High Commissioner in New Delhi.”

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