Pakistan on Thursday rejected renewed Indian charges that Pakistani 'state actors' were involved in the planning and coordination of the 2008 Mumbai terror strikes that claimed 166 lives, and instead, proposed a joint investigation against all 26/11 accused, including key handler Syed Zabiuddin alias Abu Jundal.
"I would very strongly reject any insinuation of any involvement of any state agency in acts of terrorism in India," said Pakistani Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani at a joint press briefing held here along with his Indian counterpart Ranjan Mathai.
He claimed that Pakistan, over the years, has cooperated with India, and added that any gap left, would and could be addressed with more cooperation.
Without taking the name of Jundal, Jilani said: "The issue was extensively discussed, and I assured him (Mathai) that if the evidence will be shared with us, we will investigate into the matter."
"I bring a message of goodwill, peace from the government and people of Pakistan. Terrorism is a common enemy for India and Pakistan. We are both victims of terrorism. We should not blame one another," Jilani said earlier in his opening statement.
"We should intensify our cooperation in our fight against terror. We have certainly made a lot of progress on every issue including the issue of terrorism," he added.
Mathai, however, maintained that relevant information has been handed over to Pakistan, and added that New Delhi expected appropriate action to be taken by Islamabad.
"Bringing the guilty in Mumbai attacks to justice is the biggest 'confidence building measure," Mathai said, adding that that the arrest and ongoing interrogation of Jundal has added urgency to bringing the perpetrators of 26/11 to justice.
Delhi Police arrested Jundal on his arrival from Saudi Arabia at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport on June 21.
He is in the custody of the Delhi Police Special Cell till July 5.
According to reports, Jundal has admitted his active role in the 26/11 attack, saying he had worked in tandem with terror mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.
He has during his interrogation confessed his role in the country's worst terror attack and admitted that he was present in the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) control room in Karachi from where direction was being to the 10 terrorists who carried out the strike in Mumbai. (ANI)