21 Dec : Taking a tough stance, external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said that Pakistan had been given enough evidence regarding the Mumbai terror attacks and "Islamabad must act".
"Pakistan has been contradicting its statements. Enough evidence has been given to Pakistan. Pakistan must cooperate and not contradict us. Mere talk is not enough. Pakistan has to act," Mukherjee told a conference at the Bengal Chamber of Commerce in Kolkata on Sunday.
"Instead of contradiction and denial, they will have to take action," Mukherjee added.Commenting on Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s comment that the Mumbai terrorists were "non-state actors", Mukherjee said that India could not be expected to chase "non-state actors" operating on foreign soil.
He also demanded that Pakistan hand over terrorists sought by India for interrogation."We want them to cooperate… There are some fugitives who are Indian citizens but have taken shelter in Pakistan. They should be handed over to India.
"Again there are some Pakistani citizens who are involved in terrorist activities targeting India, they are also needed to be handed over to India for interrogation."
Mukherjee then pointed out holes in Pakistan’s stand on the Mumbai savagery, which left over 170 people dead.
Islamabad denies any of the terrorists killed or caught in Mumbai were Pakistanis.
"First the Pakistani defence minister said that (Jaish-e-Mohammed chief) Masood Azhar has been put under house arrest. Then they said he is not visible. If he is not visible, then how was he arrested?"
He added that India given to Pakistan evidence regarding the involvement of terrorists in that country "not once, not twice, not thrice but on 10 occasions".