Pakistan Tells India To Hand Over ‘Kassab’April 25, 2010
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad asked Delhi on Saturday to facilitate the transfer of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving Mumbai attacker, to Pakistan for recording his statement in the trial of the suspects here.
The request was conveyed by Interior Minister Rehman Malik in a meeting with Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal.
The Indian envoy was briefed about the steps being taken by Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks to justice.
Technically, the interior minister did not seek Kasab’s extradition and only asked him to be brought here for his testimony.
The meeting took place five days before the Saarc summit in Bhutan where, diplomats express the hope, the Pakistani and Indian prime ministers will hold a one-on-one meeting.
Mr Malik was quoted by a source as having told Mr Sabharwal that Kasab’s testimony in the trial of seven Mumbai attacks suspects by a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court was an essential legal requirement for taking the prosecution forward.
The prosecution has requested the Lahore High Court to declare Kasab as a proclaimed offender.
If the court accepts the prosecution’s request, Kasab would become part of trial by the Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.
The anti-terrorism court will resume hearing of the case from May 8 after a three-week adjournment.
Kasab’s trial by a special Indian court has been completed and the verdict is expected on May 3.
His statement in the Indian court is not valid in Pakistani courts because of non-conformity with provisions of Qanun-i-Shahadat.
The interior minister explained to the Indian envoy the steps being taken by Pakistan against Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed, but stayed short of committing himself to any action against him or his group.
One of India’s main demands for resumption of the Composite Dialogue, suspended in the aftermath of Mumbai attacks, is the action against Hafiz Saeed.
Mr Malik informed the high commissioner that Pakistan would shortly respond to the three dossiers given by India during the Feb 25 foreign secretaries’ talks in Delhi.
The three dossiers pertained to the prosecution of Mumbai attack suspects; threats directed against India allegedly from extremist groups based in Pakistan; and fugitives from Indian law suspected to be in Pakistan.