India welcomes Pakistan's investigation into Mumbai attack

Pakistani officials shared the findings of the investigation with India's High Commissioner Satyabrata Pal on Thursday.

India welcomes Pakistan's investigation into Mumbai attack

India's government and opposition parties cautiously welcomed Pakistan's investigation into the Mumbai attack.

The Pakistani government said on Thursday for the first time that last November's attack was launched and partly planned from Pakistan, and it was holding in custody a ringleader and five other suspects.

The news was welcomed by India as a "positive development", but Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Pakistan still needed to crack down on 'militant' camps.

Pakistan shut down an Islamic charity, Dawa, over alleged its link witk Lashker-e-Taiba group, blamed by India over Mumbai attacks.

Dawa, helping poor, constructed hospitals and schools accross Pakistan and Kashmir. Thousands of Pakistanis protested state decision on Dawa closure, saying it helped poor, including Christians.

"We will share whatever (information) we can. We expect that Pakistan would take credible steps to dismantle the infrastructure which are used by these terror elements," Mukherjee told reporters.

Mukherjee is slated to make a detailed statement in parliament later on Friday.

Indian newspapers welcomed Islamabad's acknowledgement of Pakistanis' partly involvement in the Mumbai attack.

Pakistani officials shared the findings of the investigation with India's High Commissioner Satyabrata Pal on Thursday, giving details of how 10 gunmen had sailed from Karachi to carry out the attack that killed 179 people in the Indian financial capital between Nov. 26-29.

Tensions have been running high between India and Pakistan since the attack, though fear of a conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbours has receded in recent weeks.

India has maintained its claims about Pakistani state involvement via intelligence agencie.

Pakistan strongly denies this and shows cooperation in investigation.

Reuters

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