NEW DELHI (Agencies) - Softening its stand that Pakistan should hand over perpetrators of Mumbai attacks and other fugitives, India has said it will have no objection if they are put through "fair trial" in that country itself. "It would be ideal if they (Pakistan) can hand over the fugitives from India to us. If that is not possible, there should at least be a fair trial of these fugitives in Pakistan," Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told Aaj Tak channel, adding that it should not be a "mock trial" but a "transparent and demonstrated" one. Significantly, Pranab's changed stand comes close on the heels of Britain saying that the fugitives need not be handed over to India and that they could be tried in Pakistan itself. Talking to reporters here, Pranab snubbed Pakistan's demand for more information about the Mumbai terror attack, saying it had handed over the dossier 10 days ago and asked Islamabad to give a "direct response" through diplomatic channels. "The material linking the terrorist attacks to Pakistan was handed over formally to the Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi Jan 5," the Indian External Affairs Minister said in response to comments by Pakistan's Interior Advisor Rehman Malik. "In stead of being informed through the media, I would be happy to receive a direct response from Pakistan through existing diplomatic channels, and to see Pakistan implementing her words," he said. Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) questioned the Manmohan Singh government's silence on the US and Britain absolving Islamabad of involvement in the Mumbai carnage and also accused it of a "U-turn" by accepting that the fugitives from Indian law can be tried in Pakistan. Alluding to recent remarks by visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and US Ambassador David Mulford, the main Opposition party said these assertions were "a dazzling blow to the Indian government's stand" about the complicity of Pakistan's state agencies in the November 26 Mumbai carnage. "It is indeed an unfortunate situation where we have a government which is down on its knees, totally failing to react to these statements," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said in a statement. "The complete failure of the UPA government to clearly rebuff the startling assertions by David Miliband gives weight to Pakistan's assertion that India has given proof and not evidence," the BJP spokesperson said. The BJP also accused the government of shifting its stand over the trial of fugitives, suspected of involvement in the Mumbai attacks, in India. "It seems that after belittling their own position the government is now even shifting its stand," Rudy said. "Even worse is the stoic acceptance of the External Affairs Minister (Pranab Mukherjee) that the trial of fugitives in Pakistan is acceptable. The entire nation deserves an explanation about this U-turn of the government," he said. The BJP also objected to Occupied Kashmir puppet Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's remarks in which he asked for a third-party intervention to settle the dispute. "His appeal to David Miliband to mediate in Jammu and Kashmir issue is completely unacceptable and the BJP condemns it. This defies the federal fabric of our constitution," he said. Meanwhile, vowing to keep the "nation above all", Indian Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor said in New Delhi on Thursday that the force's "patience is being tested" after the Mumbai attacks. He was speaking on the 61st Army Day. "After the Mumbai attack the patience of the army is being tested. India has been fighting against terrorism for a long time," Kapoor told a gathering of serving and retired defence personnel at the Delhi Cantonment parade ground. "There are many challenges before the army. Our neighbour has been creating problem for us. We need to be eternally vigilant," Kapoor cautioned without naming Pakistan. Citing the challenges before the army, Kapoor said: "The country, especially in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast, has been facing challenges from elements who want to destroy peace in India and we are working to tackle it."