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Received, acknowledged India's note on Kasab: Pakistan

November 21, 2012 15:43 IST

India's deputy high commissioner had visited the Pakistan foreign office on Tuesday evening with a note about Kasab's execution. Tahir Ali reports from Islamabad.

While terming reports that India had not informed Pakistan prior to Ajmal Kasab's execution as 'incorrect and baseless', the Pakistan foreign ministry stated that its stand on terrorism is very clear, and it always condemns such activities worldwide.

In a statement issued in Islamabad on Wednesday, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Moazzam Ali Khan said, 'We condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations', adding, 'We are willing to cooperate and work closely with all countries of the region to eliminate the scourge of terrorism.'

Clarifying some Indian media reports about Pakistan not having received a note from the Indian high commission in Islamabad about Kasab's execution, Khan said these reports were incorrect and baseless.

India's deputy high commissioner had visited the Pakistan foreign office on Tuesday evening with a note about Kasab's execution. The director general, South Asia, at Pakistan's foreign ministry received the note and acknowledged receipt.

Kasab, the lone survivor of the Mumbai attacks of November 2008 in which 166 people were killed and hundreds others wounded, was executed on Wednesday morning at Pune's Yerawada prison.

The Pakistani authorities have arrested seven men, including Lashkar-e-Tayiba operational commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, and charged them with planning, financing and executing the Mumbai attacks.

However, their trial in an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi has virtually stalled for over a year.

Islamabad has rejected New Delhi's calls for action against Lashkar founder Mohammad Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the attacks, claiming India has not provided any evidence to facilitate his prosecution.

Additional reportage: Press Trust of India

Tahir Ali in Islamabad