ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s Interior Ministry Adviser Rahman Malik yesterday announced that the law enforcing agencies of the country have arrested another suspect of Mumbai’s terrorist attacks. Malik said that Shahid Jamil Riaz was arrested in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi. Riaz is alleged to have maintained financial accounts and helped plan the November attack, which killed 179 people in Mumbai.
Malik further said that Pakistan needs more information from India to aid its investigation. India yesterday reiterated that enough evidence had been furnished about the involvement of elements from Pakistan in the Mumbai terror attacks and it was now for Islamabad to act on this.
“We have given enough information to act. It is for them to get their act together,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told reporters in New Delhi. Home Minister P. Chidambaram was more forthcoming, even suggesting “tongue in cheek” that if Pakistan were not in a position to interrogate those India has blamed for the Mumbai, it permit India to do so.
“What is the use of a government that keeps on saying that not enough evidence has been furnished? The remaining evidence is in Pakistan. “If Pakistan cannot interrogate those it should, why doesn’t it permit the FBI, which has made a request, to interrogate them,” Chidambaram maintained.
“If I may suggest tongue in cheek, if Pakistan can’t interrogate the suspects, will they allow us to interrogate them?” the home minister wondered. Also yesterday, Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma accused Islamabad of indulging in “diversionary” tactics that raised questions about its sincerity in punishing those behind the carnage.
“We have given sufficient evidence to Pakistan to act against identified masterminds. By delaying action and raising technicalities, Pakistan would be undermining the credibility of its own commitments to take tangible action,” Sharma told reporters in New Delhi.