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India: No further proof needed for Dawood's extradition

Source: PTI
May 20, 2008 23:26 IST
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India said on Tuesday that it had provided adequate evidence to Pakistan to back its demand for the extradition of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and there was no need for it to provide further proof.

Visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon said there was an Interpol Red Corner notice for Ibrahim's arrest and there were United Nations Security Council resolutions on his status.

Menon said the matter was now "past" the stage of providing evidence. India and Pakistan were both working against terrorism and need to take "effective action" against the menace, Menon told a news conference after his talks here with his Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir to review the composite dialogue process.

Menon said the two countries need to deal with terrorism. "There are dangerous people out there who mean us harm. They have shown their capacity to do harm," he said.

Asked if India has submitted a fresh list of wanted terrorists to Pakistan, Menon said New Delhi has already given it to Islamabad. On the Samjhautha blast, he said India had exchanged information on the issue during the anti-terrorism dialogue with Pakistan.

On Siachen, Menon said it needed to be converted into a "mountain of peace" and the issue needed to be dealt with in context of environmental consequence.

Under the composite dialogue, India and Pakistan have had discussions with "unparallelled depth, intensity and quality" on Jammu and Kashmir which has helped "narrow down the differences", Menon said.

The dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir has helped evolve ways in which the two countries can cooperate, he said, citing the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakot bus services as examples in this regard.

"We have made progress in dealing with issues that affect the welfare of people there (in Jammu and Kashmir)," the Foreign Secretary said. He refused to speak further, saying the Foreign Ministers of the two countries would discuss the issue further tomorrow.

During the talks, the Indian side proposed making the fortnightly Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawalakot bus services weekly, early launch of truck service on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad route and liberalising the permit system by making it multi-entry.

New Delhi, at the same time, voiced concern over continued cross-border terrorism and infiltration.

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