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India Presents Evidence from Mumbai Attacks to Pakistan

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India turned over evidence to Pakistan today (Monday) that New Delhi says shows the perpetrators of November's deadly Mumbai attacks are linked to "elements in Pakistan."

India also presented its findings to several other countries, including the United States, as part of New Delhi's effort to pressure Islamabad to crack down on terror groups.

India says the evidence shows that the gunmen who launched the Mumbai attacks were Pakistanis, trained and equipped by the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

India's Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee called the terror attacks "an unpardonable crime."

Pakistan's ministry of foreign affairs said the appropriate authorities are reviewing the evidence.

Also today (Monday), U.S. Assistant Secretary of State (for South and Central Asia) Richard Boucher met with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad.

Boucher told reporters that Pakistan and India must work together and exchange information, and he said Pakistan has taken steps to crack down on terrorism.



The Indian foreign ministry says the evidence includes details of an interrogation of the lone surviving gunman, details of conversations between the gunmen and their alleged handlers in Pakistan, and data retrieved from satellite phones.

The U.S. ambassador to India, David Mulford, told reporters in New Delhi today (Monday) the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) is conducting an investigation into the attacks and will present its findings to Pakistan.

India's Home Minister P. Chidambaram said Sunday that the attacks, which killed more than 170 people, were directed by someone familiar with intelligence and commando operations.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said he hopes Pakistan will have some "sense" and turn over suspects in the Mumbai attacks for trial in India.

Pakistani leaders have ruled out extraditing any possible suspects, saying there is no treaty with India that would allow such a move.

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