India demanded Pakistan hand over its most wanted man as sign of faith as diplomatic efforts to prevent the nuclear-armed rivals from heading toward a confrontation over the Mumbai attacks intensified on Tuesday.
By C. Bryson Hull
The Times of India and television channels reported New Delhi renewed a demand Pakistan hand over 20 militants wanted in India, including Dawood Ibrahim, a Mumbai underworld don blamed for bomb blasts in the city in 1993 that killed 260 people.
Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa was in New Delhi on a scheduled visit while U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was due to arrive on Wednesday following the militant attacks that killed 183 people in India’s financial capital.
India has blamed Islamist militants based in Pakistan and issued a note of protest to its old enemy on Monday demanding decisive action.
“It was conveyed to the Pakistan high commissioner that Pakistan’s actions needed to match the sentiments expressed by its leadership that it wishes to have a qualitatively new relationship with India,” a foreign ministry statement said.
Azam Amir Kasav, an injured suspected militant, lies on a bed in this undated handout picture released by Mumbai police on November 30, 2008.(Mumbai Police/Handout/Reuters)