Pakistan today rejected India's assertion that it refused to accept a letter on the decision to hang Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani terrorist involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, saying it had "received that note and acknowledged its receipt."
Reacting to the execution of Kasab in a jail in Maharashtra early this morning, Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Khan said Islamabad had adopted the clear and
consistent position of condemning terrorism in all its forms. "We are willing to cooperate and work closely with all countries of the region to eliminate the scourge of terrorism," he said in a statement.
On India's assertion that it had informed in advance Pakistan about the decision to hang Kasab but Islamabad refused to acknowledge the letter, Mr Khan said, "these reports are incorrect and baseless." The Indian Deputy High Commissioner visited the Foreign Office last evening with the note regarding Kasab's execution and the Director General for South Asia in the Foreign Ministry "received that note and acknowledged its receipt," he said.
India's Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had told reporters in New Delhi this morning that Pakistan had refused to acknowledge a letter informing it of the decision to hang Kasab. "The External Affairs Ministry through our mission in Islamabad had informed the Pakistan government about Kasab's hanging. When they did not accept the letter, they were communicated through fax," Mr Shinde told reporters in New Delhi, hours after the hanging of the terrorist.
Union Home Secretary R K Singh said family members of Kasab, who live in Pakistan, had also been informed by Indian High Commission in Islamabad."His family members were communicated through courier by our High Commission. We have the receipt of the courier sent and that was later given to the Maharashtra government," Mr Singh said.
Image: Policemen take precautionary measures outside the Yerwada Jail where Ajmal Kasab was hung in secrecy in Pune on Wednesday.