India asks for Dawood, Masood Azhar's head
Posted on: 06:17 PM IST Dec 01, 2008
New Delhi: India has asked Pakistan to hand over gangster Dawood Ibrahim and terrorist leader Maulana Masood Azhar for their suspected involvement in the Mumbai terror attack.
Dawood, Indias most wanted criminal, is suspected to have helped the LeT terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 27. Azhar, founder of the terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad, is on India's most wanted list of people it accuses of terrorism. India freed Azhar from prison in exchange for passengers on a hijacked Indian Airlines flight in 1999.Sources tell CNN-IBN Shahid Malik, Pakistans High Commissioner to India, was summoned to the External Affairs Ministry on Monday and told that ties with his countrys would suffer if Indias demands are not met.India has shared initial findings of the investigation into the Mumbai terror attack with Pakistani authorities and threatened to hold up peace talks and confidence building measures.After the December 2001 attack on Parliament, India had scaled down its relationship with Pakistan.India then broke off sporting and cultural links, downgraded diplomatic relations, and launched Operation Parakaram to deploy the military all along the Pakistan border.India has also communicated to the United States to put heat on Pakistan.India has alleged the militants, who rampaged in Mumbai for three days and killed at least 182 people, were trained in Pakistan. Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has promised to act against terror groups if India gives him proof of their involvement in the Mumbai attack.Pakistan has condemned the terrorist attack in Mumbai as a "barbaric act of terrorism" and denied any involvement by state agencies. It has vowed to cooperate in fighting terrorism but backtracked on a decision to send the chief of its Inter-Services Intelligence to India to help with the investigation.
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