Pakistan formally seeks custody of Mumbai attacker

08:21, April 26, 2010      

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Pakistan Sunday formally asked India to hand over Ajmal Kasab, the only attacker who survived and was arrested for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, to help in the trial of seven Pakistani suspects who have been arrested on charges of planning and facilitating the attacks.

The Pakistani foreign ministry called Indian Deputy High Commissioner Rahul Kulshreshth and handed over a formal request for the extradition of Kasab, sources said.

Pakistan earlier made the request for Kasab's handover in response of three dossiers given by India in February.

"But the response was formally made Sunday morning," they said.

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has already issued arrest warrants for Kasab and Fahim Ansari, an Indian national facing trial along with Kasab in a special court in Mumbai for his alleged role in the carnage.

"Pakistan wants India to serve the arrest warrants on Kasab and Ansari," they said.

Pakistan seeks access to Kasab and Ansari in order to produce them before its anti-terrorism court, which Pakistani officials say is a legal requirement for trial.

Local TV channels reported that the Pakistan foreign ministry had provided six dossiers to Indian Deputy High Commissioner Kulshreshth. The dossiers listed Pakistan's responses to questions in the Indian dossiers.

Source: Xinhua


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