India Demands Pakistan Deliver Fugitives

Tensions rise as India calls for concrete action in wake of Mumbai attacks
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2008 3:04 AM CST
A police officer stands guard yesterday in Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station, one of several places where gunmen shot at people, in Mumbai, India.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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(Newser) – India is demanding that Pakistan turn over 20 fugitives as a show of good faith that the nation intends to fully cooperate with investigations into the Mumbai terror attacks, Reuters reports. The list of fugitives, which was first submitted to Pakistan in 2002, includes a reported financier of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the insurgent group suspected of carrying out last week’s devastating attacks.

Pakistan officials have promised to cooperate in the probe and denied that the nation is linked to the attacks, as India has claimed. They have warned that escalating tensions could force the military to divert troops away from battling the Taliban on the Afghan border. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, due to visit India tomorrow, said she wasn't going to "jump to conclusions" about the attacks, but stressed that "total transparency and cooperation" is needed from Pakistan.