Britain wants Mumbai terror attackers prosecuted in Pakistan
The British foreign secretary says the November terror attacks in Mumbai were not directed by the Pakistani state, but has urged Islamabad to act against its perpetrators. He is the latest official to visit India, as New Delhi mounts a diplomatic offensive to pressure Islamabad to act against those guilty for the terror strike.
But he says the attacks clearly had links to the banned Islamic militant group, the Laskhar-e-Taiba, which is based in Pakistan, and called on Islamabad to root out the group, also known as LET. But same time he rejected India's claim of extraditing Mumbai attackers from Pakistan. He said that Britain supports their Prosecution in Pakistan as they have broken the law of that country.
British Foreign Minister David Miliband said there is evidence about involvement of Pakistan-based people and Islamabad should follow its commitments with actions.
"We will support their prosecution under Pakistani law, because they have broken the law in Pakistan. Its Pakistani law they have broken as well as international decency and common sense," British Foreign Minister David Miliband told in a TV programme.
He was responding when referred to New Delhi's demand that those accused of terrorist acts in India should be handed over to face trial in India.
On the dossier of evidence given by India to Pakistan, he said "We have absolutely no doubt about the origin of the attack in Mumbai in November. The origins are in Pakistan."
Noting that there have been some detentions in Pakistan, Miliband said "they (should) now lead to successful prosecutions. We believe the evidence is there."
Asked about the evidence, he said "We have our own evidence we have shown to Pakistani authorities and and we believe that is the right evidence on which to proceed."
He said it was "critical" that "the words of the Pakistani government which are commitments" should be followed through into action.
When asked why those accused of terror in India should not be handed over to New Delhi like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed handed over by Pakistan to US, Miliband said "I won't go into constitutional position in Pakistan.