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Kasab statement crucial for prosecuting detained suspects: Pak

April 14, 2009 20:19 IST

Pakistan on Tuesday said the statement made to a magistrate by Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist captured for the Mumbai terror attacks, is crucial for the successful prosecution of suspects detained by it in connection with the incident.

"The statement of Ajmal Kasab is absolutely important for successful prosecution (of suspects arrested by Pakistan)," interior ministry chief Rehman Malik told media-persons in the southwestern city of Quetta. India and Pakistan must stop "blame games" and New Delhi should provide the additional information on the Mumbai attacks that has been sought by Islamabad, he added.

Pakistan had on Monday formally asked India to provide additional information and clarifications to enable its authorities to "proceed further" in their probe into the terrorist assault that killed over 180 people. Malik said the information which Pakistan had sought from India included Kasab's statement to a magistrate, details of mobile SIM cards used by the terrorists and slain anti-terror police officer Hemant Karkare's statement on his probe into the bombing of the Samjhauta Express.

Malik contended that Karkare's statement was needed as Pakistan had information that a terrorist involved in the attack on the Samjhauta Express was also involved in the Mumbai incident. He did not give details.

Rezaul H Laskar in Islamabad
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