Pakistan vows fast inquiry on Mumbai

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Investigators have 10 days to complete their inquiries into the Mumbai terror attacks, Pakistan's top Interior Ministry official said Saturday.

Rehman Malik told reporters that investigators were looking at information handed over by India and leads gathered independently.

Islamabad is under pressure to clamp down on Lashkar-e-Taiba, the banned Pakistan-based militant group that India blames for the November siege that killed 164 people in its commercial capital.

On Thursday, Pakistan's Interior Ministry said it had arrested 71 people linked to the group and that an additional 124 were under surveillance and had to register their every move with police.

Malik said he hoped to fast-track the investigation and build a case quickly, but said much depended on the speed at which the judicial system moved.

On Jan. 5, India handed Pakistan evidence that included information on interrogations, weapons and data gleaned from satellite phones used by the attackers who attacked iconic Mumbai targets such as hotels and a Jewish center.

India said the material proved Pakistan-based militants plotted and executed the attacks. Indian officials have repeatedly insinuated that Pakistani intelligence agents were involved.

Pakistan denies that, though it has accepted that the one Mumbai gunman captured alive is a Pakistani.

Speaking to a business group in Mumbai on Saturday, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he expected Pakistan to take steps "against all those who have planned, organized and executed this horrific crime."

"I urge the Pakistan authorities to come out with a full and complete disclosure of all the facts surrounding the case without attempts at denial, diversion or obfuscation," Singh said.

Pakistan vows fast inquiry on Mumbai 01/17/09 [Last modified: Saturday, January 17, 2009 8:43pm]

    

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