The admission by Pakistan that last year’s Mumbai terror attacks (photo, from aljazeera.net) were partly planned on its soil has been described as a “positive development” by India.
India also expects Pakistan to take steps to dismantle the “infrastructure of terrorism” on its territory, said a foreign ministry statement.
Suspects arrested could be prosecuted, said Pakistan’s interior minister.
Militant groups in Kashmir condemned the admission, accusing the government of bowing to US pressure.
Many in Delhi are genuinely surprised at what some see as a major turn-around by the Pakistani authorities, reports a correspondent.
After the attacks by 10 gunmen which claimed 170 lives, relations had deteriorated considerably.
In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, Pakistan denied any responsibility, although it later admitted that the sole gunman captured alive was one of its citizens.
Before determining their next move, top Indian officials are now meeting in order to examine the information that has been handed over.
‘From Karachi on a boat’
“It remains India’s goal to bring the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks on Mumbai to book and to follow this process through to the end”, said the Indian foreign ministry statement.
“We would also expect that the government of Pakistan take credible steps to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan.”
Pakistani interior minister, Rehman Malik, earlier said that eight suspects from the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group could face prosecution.
“Some part of the conspiracy has taken place in Pakistan”, he told a news conference in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.
He said six of the suspects were in custody while two others remained at large.
“The attackers left from Karachi on a boat hired from Balochistan [Province]“ Mr Malik said.
“An e-mail claiming responsibility for the attack was sent by Zarrar Shah of the Lashkar-e-Taiba.”
In December, security forces arrested Mr Shah at a Lashkar camp, in Pakistani-administered Kashmir.
Another man arrested at the time was Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, described as Lashkar’s chief of operations.
Hamad Amin, a Karachi resident currently in Pakistani custody, was named as the mastermind behind the attacks by Mr Malik.
The Pakistani government was condemned by the main alliance of militant groups in Kashmir, the United Jihad Council (UJC), for admitting to Lashkar-e-Taiba’s involvement.
The government has done an about-turn after US envoy Richard Holbrooke’s visit, said a UJC spokesman, Syed Sadaqat Hussain.
“Pakistan has succumbed to American pressure and fallen victim to an Indo-US conspiracy”, he said.
Pakistan did “not have an independent foreign policy” and had “bowed before the US”, said separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.