India said on Sunday it has not got formal request from Pakistan on handing over Ajmal Qasab, the lone surviving attacker in the Mumbai terror rampage which left more than 170 dead last November, dpa reported.
"We have not yet got any such request (from Pakistan)," Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told the media.
His comments came in the wake of media reports that Pakistan has hinted it might ask India to hand over Ajmal Qasab, the terrorist caught alive in the terror attacks on the country's financial capital.
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik had said on Saturday his country might ask India to hand over Qasab if necessary for further investigations.
However, local media quoted an anonymous Indian Foreign Ministry official said, on conditions of anonymity, that New Delhi will reject any such demand.
"The crime was committed in India. There is no question of handing Qasab to them. In fact, Pakistan should hand over to India the other suspects they've arrested because they were responsible for this terror attack. It can't be the other way around," the official was quoted as saying.
Qasab is one of the eight suspects named in case registered by the Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency in connection with the Mumbai attacks.
The Mumbai attacks, a series of 10 coordinated terrorist attacks across India's financial capital on Nov. 26, 2008, killed at least 173 people and wounded at least 308.