Pranab to Pak: respond officially, not through media

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 1 2009, 04:49am hrs
Amid various reports coming out of Pakistan on the probe into Mumbai attacks, India today said it expected Islamabad to respond officially on the outcome of its investigations rather than giving information through the media.

We have not received any information from Pakistani authorities through proper channel. Whatever we are hearing like you is through the media. This is not the way a government can respond, external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters here.

He was responding when asked to comment on reports in Pakistan that the Mumbai attacks were not planned in that country.

We expect them (Pakistan) to investigate and let us know the outcome of that investigation. Till now, we have not received any information from Pakistan, Mukherjee said.

Pakistans high commissioner to Britain Wahid Shamsul Hassan, in fact, went on record to claim that Islamabads probe had found that Pakistani territory was not used for planning the November 26 Mumbai attacks.

India is agitated at a number of confusing reports from Pakistan, which it feels is being deliberately done to cover up and hide the fact that elements in that country were behind the Mumbai carnage.