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Feb 10, 2009 at 12:46pm IST

Pak must respond directly on dossier: India

On Board a Special Aircraft: India on Monday night asked Pakistan to directly convey its response on the terror dossier instead of doing the talking on the issue through the media or other forum.

"The fact is that we have Pakistan saying various things at various times, various forms and to various audiences", Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon told journalists accompanying him on return from Dhaka to Delhi.

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He was asked about media reports on Pakistan's response to the dossier given by India on Mumbai terror attacks carried out by elements in that country.

He said India was "not going to react to statements to the media, different statements through different people, through speculation and through guesswork".

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Pakistan has said it would soon come out with its probe into Mumbai terror attack last November based on the dossier of evidence given by India. India is waiting for the response from Pakistan.

"If they (Pakistan) have something to say to us, they should come and directly talk to us," Menon said.

Pakistan had said earlier on Monday that it needed more information on the Mumbai terror attacks, a demand that is likely to trigger a fresh row with India, which has been complaining that Islamabad is not doing enough to prosecute the perpetrators of the carnage.

A statement issued in Islamabad after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani chaired a meeting of the cabinet Defence Coordination Committee said the evidence India had furnished pointing to involvement of elements from Pakistan in the Mumbai mayhem was insufficient.

"The meeting, however, observed that without substantial evidence from India it will be exceedingly difficult to complete the investigation and proceed with the case," said a statement issued after the meeting, which was attended among others, by Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

"In order to complete the investigation the questions which are arising from the inquiry carried out by the FIA (Federal Investigation Agency) need to be answered by the Indian authorities," the statement said.

"These will be communicated to the Indian authorities shortly," it added.

So until Pakistan gives a specific reply on the terror dossier to India through the proper diplomatic channels, it is unlikely that the investigations coordinating proofs and evidences on either sides will proceed any further quickly enough.