Islamabad: Pakistan on Wednesday rejected India's assertion that it refused to accept a letter on the decision to hang Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani terrorist involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, saying it had "received that note and acknowledged its receipt." Reacting to the execution of Kasab in a jail in Maharashtra early this morning, Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Khan said Islamabad had adopted the clear and consistent position of condemning terrorism in all its forms.
"We condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestation," Khan said in a statement. "We are willing to cooperate and work closely with all countries of the region to eliminate the scourge of terrorism."
On India's assertion that it had informed in advance Pakistan about the decision to hang Kasab but Islamabad refused to acknowledge the letter, Khan said, "these reports are incorrect and baseless." The Indian Deputy High Commissioner visited the Foreign Office last evening with the note regarding Kasab's execution and the Director General for South Asia in the Foreign Ministry "received that note and acknowledged its receipt," he said.
The Pakistan Foreign Office refuted India's charges that it had ignored its letter informing it of Kasab's hanging.