The Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior of Pakistan Rehman Malik Tuesday said if India provided credible evidence about culprits involved in the Mumbai attacks Pakistan would take action to bring them to justice.
Addressing a joint news conference with Interpol Secretary General Ronald Nobal here, Malik said India had neither provided any information officially to Pakistan about the arrest of a Pakistani national nor had it shared any concrete proof about those behind Mumbai attacks.
The official Associated Press of Pakistan quoted Malik as saying that Pakistan had offered unconditional support to India. He said Pakistan was a sovereign country and would take any step to safeguard its national interest.
Responding to a question about the resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council sanctions committee regarding individuals and organizations including Jamaat-ud-Dawa, he said the banned organizations could go to the UN and ascertain the reasons for the ban.
Malik confirmed that the Foreign Office had received a letter from Ajmal Kasab, the only suspect arrested in the Mumbai attacks, who had reportedly sought legal assistance.
Malik said the letter was being examined by experts and the Foreign Office would issue a statement about it.
Malik said Pakistan and India were both victims of terrorism and joint action was needed to defeat the menace.
Answering a question about threats from India, Malik said the whole nation was fully united to face any challenge.
Ronald Nobal said that no name was provided by India to the Interpol. He said Pakistan was an important and cooperative member of Interpol and a victim of terrorism.
He said India had not provided ample evidence for arrest of any accused of the Mumbai attacks. He said Pakistan was one of the victims of terrorism that was a major problem faced by the world.
He thanked Pakistan for sharing important information and urged the international community to help the country in combating the menace of terrorism.
The Interpol chief is on a routine visit to Pakistan and he has discussed with Malik the current situation in the wake of the Mumbai attacks and problems like human trafficking.
(Xinhua News Agency December 24, 2008)