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India urged to expose local culprits in Mumbai terrorist attacks: FO

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday urged India to come clean on multiple facets of the Mumbai tragedy and urged it to expose those responsible for acts of commission and omission transparently. Responding to a statement by Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee at Lok Sabha, Pakistan warned that the reality of Mumbai attacks were increasingly getting mixed with compulsions of domestic politics in India.

Mukherjee told Lok Sabha, a day after Pakistan’s response to the Indian dossier,

“Authorities in Pakistan have to choose the kind of relationship that they want with India in future; much depends on actions in the Mumbai case reaching their logical conclusion.”

The spokesman said Pakistan has so far refrained from commenting on Indian internal affairs. “We have acted with a high sense of responsibility and exercised restraint,” he added. “Mukherjee’s remarks are essentially a rehash of the standard Indian line against Pakistan and in complete variance with the imperatives of a serious approach to uncover the “full facts” relating to Mumbai attacks and bringing the perpetrators to justice,” the foreign office statement said.

The Spokesman said “we have a distinct sense that the reality of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, which were whole-heartedly condemned by the international community and Pakistan, is getting increasingly mixed with compulsions of domestic politics in India.”

Mukherjee told the parliament that India will continue to review the situation, including Pakistan’s responses “and will take further steps that we deem necessary to protect our people.”

The foreign office spokesman said “the Government of Pakistan expects India to come clean on the multiple facets of the Mumbai tragedy and expose the names of persons and entities in India who were also responsible for acts of commission and omission in a transparent manner.” The spokesman said Pakistan has offered India a hand of cooperation. “We do so in the interest of regional peace and security,” the statement said.

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