In wake of the terror attack in Mumbai, India is renewing demands Pakistan
hand over wanted fugitives. India's government says a list of alleged terrorists
and others has been re-submitted in a formal diplomatic request. VOA
correspondent Steve Herman in New Delhi reports the move is seen as the latest
effort to pressure Islamabad to take action to defuse the network on Pakistani
soil that allegedly plans and carries out terrorist attacks against India.
India's external affairs minister, speaking to reporters Tuesday,
has given some details of the formal diplomatic note - known as a "
demarche" - handed to Pakistan's top envoy here.
Pranab Mukherjee says the document contains
the names of about 20 individuals India has long wanted extradited from
"The demarche asks the arrest and hand-over of those persons
who are settled in Pakistan and who are fugitives of Indian law," Mukherjee
List includes India's most wanted man
India's government did not release the names of those on the fugitive list,
Indian media say they include the infamous Mumbai crime kingpin, Dawood Ibrahim,
and Maulana Masood Azhar - a Pakistani Muslim cleric who, in 1999, was freed
from an Indian prison, in exchange for passengers on a hijacked Indian airliner.
Ibrahim is considered India's most wanted man. His organization is
suspected of involvement in a 1993 bombing in Mumbai that left 250 people dead.
Indian media reports say there is also official suspicion some of his underlings
may have provided support to the terrorists who struck last week.
leads the group Jaish-e-Mohammad, which is believed to support Muslim
separatists in the part of disputed Kashmir which is under Indian control.
India initially gave Pakistani officials the list six years ago and says
it never received an adequate response.
India blames Pakistani
elements for Mumbai terror attack
The Mumbai terror attack, which
India blames on elements in Pakistan, threatens to send relations between the
two nuclear-armed neighbors into their worst state since 2002.
intense international diplomatic effort is under way to try to prevent tensions
between New Delhi and Islamabad from entering another crisis phase. The two
nuclear-capable countries have gone to war against each other three times since
their independence in 1947.
Among those already here or about to arrive
in the Indian capital are the Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, U.S.
Senator John McCain and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Indian Cabinet meeting discusses security
Tuesday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chaired a meeting of
his security Cabinet to discuss strategies. Government officials say among those
attending were the defense, foreign and home ministers as well as the chiefs of
the armed forces and the national security advisor.
In recent days, top
Pakistani government officials have vowed to cooperate with India to determine
responsibility for the attack on Mumbai. But Islamabad rejects any allegations
of complicity, blaming non-state actors which Pakistan says it is also battling.