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After Islamabad's announcement, Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee retreated from his earlier indication that India would accept a Pakistani trial for the suspected Mumbai attackers, reports Reuters.

"We have never given up the demand that the perpetrators of the terror act should be handed over to India," Mukherjee said.
"There is no question of that [giving up the extradition demand] or climb down."
The minister was reported to have said this week in an interview with the India Today media group that those accused in the Mumbai attacks could be tried and punished in Pakistan, a comment Indian newspapers interpreted as a climbdown in New Delhi's demand for extradition of militants.
Mukherjee's India Today interview came after Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband said the Pakistani state was not linked to the Mumbai attacks and he showed no support for India's demand for extradition of the accused.

The BBC notes that Mr. Miliband is currently visiting Pakistan in an effort to ease tensions between the two nations. He said Thursday there is no evidence that the Pakistani government was involved in the Mumbai attacks, and he has not supported Indian demands for extradition of the suspects.

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