Special report: Pakistani
ISLAMABAD, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan has made a formal request to India
to hand over Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone attacker arrested for the Mumbai
attacks, an official said on Wednesday.
The News Network International news agency quoted Deputy Attorney General
Sardar Mohammad Ghazi as saying that Kasab was the "prime suspect" and it would
be difficult to prosecute the other accused if he was not handed over to
Sardar Mohammad Ghazi has been appointed as the special public prosecutor
for the trial of Pakistani suspects linked to the Mumbai attacks.
"The government of Pakistan has formally requested the Indian government to
hand over the custody of Ajmal Kasab because he is the prime suspect and the
rest of these suspects, they are abettors, they abetted the crime," Ghazi said.
"I am sure the Indian government is going to look into it, the yare going
to take a decision because without having the custody of Ajmal Kasab in
Pakistan, I think it will be very, very difficult to prosecute the rest of the
suspects," he said.
India has so far ruled out the possibility of handing over Kasab to
The Pakistani authorities have taken into custody six suspects, including
Lashker-e-Taiba operatives Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Zarar Shah. However, the
interior advisor Rehman Malik recently said they had not been "formally
arrested," according to local press reports.