New Delhi: In a strong rebuttal, India on Saturday said that “99 per cent” of the evidence relating to the 26/11 Mumbai attacks will be available in Pakistan and it was therefore incumbent on Pakistan to present the evidence and bring to book the perpetrators of the attack.
The Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson, responding to a Pakistan Foreign Office statement that Pakistan requires evidence in the 26/11 case, said: “The entire planning of the dastardly Mumbai terrorist attack was hatched in Pakistan, the training of the terrorists who launched that attack was undertaken in Pakistan, the financing of the conspiracy was in Pakistan. It therefore follows that 99 per cent of the evidence will be available in Pakistan.”
“It is incumbent on the authorities there to present that evidence in order to bring to book the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks,” the spokesperson said.
He said India has “fully cooperated” with the Pakistan Judicial Commission that visited India in the end of September and all the information that they wanted was handed over to the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi between October 14-15.
“It now devolves on Pakistani authorities to ensure that justice is done in the Mumbai attack case in accordance with their own assurances,” the spokesperson said.
The Pakistan government on Friday said it would need more evidence from the Indian side to move ahead in the Mumbai attacks case.
In Islamabad, Foreign Office spokesperson Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry told journalists in response to questions about US President Barack Obama bringing up the issue of prosecuting the Mumbai attacks perpetrators that “people cannot be brought to book without a fair trial and that is why more evidence was needed”.