Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday summarily dismissed the Mumbai terror evidence provided by India as ‘not credible’ and accused New Delhi of pushing the region towards war.
Islamabad took just about 24 hours to rubbish the evidence which included the confessional statement of the lone surviving terrorist Ajmal Kasab, satellite excerpts of the conversations between the terrorists in Mumbai and their handlers in Pakistan and other material handed over to it on Monday in both Islamabad and New Delhi. Simulataneously, it upped the war rhetoric by accusing India of pushing the region towards war.
Additionally, Pakistan took umbrage at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement at a conference of chief ministers in New Delhi when he accused Islamabad of utilising terror as an instrument of state policy.
Appearing before the foreign relations committee of the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, minister of state for foreign affairs Malik Amad Khan and foreign secretary Salman Bashir questioned the credibility of the evidence on the Mumbai attacks provided by India.
They claimed that India had not given any ‘credible evidence’ about the Mumbai incident. Pakistan wants credible information in accordance with the law, they said.
In his speech in the chief ministers conference, Singh said the world community must be convinced to isolate and compel countries that uses terrorism as an instrument of foreign policy to abandon such tactics.