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India replies to Pak queries on Mumbai dossier: NSA

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NEW DELHI: Indian National Security Advisor M K Narayanan said that Pakistan is probing the Mumbai attacks in a manner an investigating agency “should proceed” and has sent two sets of questions to India’s dossier handed over to it, one of which has already been replied to. In a TV interview, he said “What I am aware of is that after the receipt of the dossier by Pakistan, the Pakistan government has reverted to us and asked number of questions to which answers have been provided”.

Narayanan said, “I assume that they are yet to receive 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, “I don’t know what the word satisfied (means) but 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. “So it is good news from our point of view”

On the issue of Pakistan reverting back with sets of questions based on the dossier, Narayanan said, “So as far as we are concerned, we believe that Pakistan is making an attempt to arrive at the truth.”Pakistan has been making a claim that non-state actors were involved. That means Pakistani state in not involved. If the Pakistani state is not involved, then there is no reason why they should be not be honest about it,” he said.

Narayanan also said the house arrest of LeT commanders Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi and Zarar Shah was nothing but keeping them as “house guests”. On the detention of LeT founder Hafeez Syeed, he said, “I would say he is an honoured guest.” On Pakistan’s flip-flops over the arrest of Jaish-e- Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, he said, “I don’t think anybody in Pakistan could make a mistake about the identity of Masood Azhar. So, I think that speaks volumes…He (Azhar) could always be stashed away in a safe place.

He also said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s public statement that India has enough proof of Pakistan’s official agencies being involved in the attack was right. Narayanan said the only wish is that Pakistan would also recognise the truth that there is “something wrong” and “they need to deal with the problem before it becomes more grave than it is.”

While Indian External Affairs Minister Pernab Mukharjee said that it has ready to share more information with Pakistan if Islamabad wants any more dossier to further its investigation into the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

According to Indian media, while speaking at a function in West Bengal state, he reiterated that Pakistan has not given any report to India on its probe into the terror strikes and that a lot of reports have appeared in media in this regard. “But Islamabad has not replied to the dossier that India had officially given to that country,” he further said. He said that as diplomatic relations between the two countries were on, official channels should be used.-SANA

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