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Pak won't let terrorist leaders be quizzed

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July 22, 2006 21:25 IST

Pakistan, which rejected New Delhi's demand on Friday to hand over underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, has said it will not allow leaders of banned terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed to be questioned by Indian police.

Pakistan will even not furnish records of interrogation of LeT leader Hafiz Mohammed Sayed and JeM chief Masood Azhar till the two countries built a level of trust, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid M Kasuri told Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN's Devil's Advocate programme.

Asked if Pakistan will allow questioning of terrorist leaders by Indian police, he said: "You are asking very strange things. For example, we have not allowed the United States of America, which is our ally for the last 50 years (to question disgraced nuclear scientist A Q Khan)."

India has made no demand for questioning of leaders of Pakistan-based terror outfits but has asked Islamabad to hand over Dawood and Salahuddin, who are wanted for terrorist and other heinous crimes in the country.

To a question on postponement of Foreign Secretary-level talks following the Mumbai blasts, Kasuri said, the SAARC Foreign Secretaries meeting and that of foreign ministers to be held in Dhaka on July 31 could provide an opportunity to discuss the future course of the dialogue process.

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