LAHORE - Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said Pakistan is seriously considering an Indian request to send a team of FIA investigators to India for sharing information on the Mumbai attacks for consultation. "India has expressed desire for consultation with FIA for the sake of information sharing. We are considering it very seriously." He was talking to mediamen after inaugurating the Benazir Income Support Programme here. Advisor on interior Rehman Malik, Farzana Raja and Punjab senior minister Raja Riaz Ahmad also accompanied him. "India has expressed desire that our law enforcement, especially an FIA team, should visit India for further information sharing and we are seriously considering that," he said, referring to the Federal Investigation Agency, which is dealing with the case. The Premier further added that headway had been made in the Senate polls in Sindh first of all and it paved the way for reconciliation in the Punjab as well. "This is historical step. I am thankful to Nawaz Sharif and Ch Shujaat Hussain for their cooperation with the spirit of reconciliation. I congratulate the whole nation on it. It is my endeavour that reconciliation policy moves forward in other provinces and Islamabad and Senate candidates are elected unopposed," he averred. About the Drone attacks, Gilani referred to his first meeting with former US president George W. Bush, and said: "I made it clear on him that only military action is not the solution to this problem. We will have to address root causes of terrorism in order to curb this menace. Poverty, lack of facilities of education, health, unemployment and absence of infrastructure are the causes, which have given rise to terrorism." About the BISP, the Premier said it was part of the PPP manifesto, which had been initiated for the benefit of those, who were living below the poverty line. "This Programme has been acclaimed at the international level. Donors' agencies have agreed to extend help on the condition of transparency in the BISP," he added, while mentioning that about 25 million people had not been provided Computerised National Identity Cards, and the Programme would start when they would get the cards. Regarding the Swat peace agreement, Gilani hoped for better results in the coming days. "If there is peace in the country, then people will get relief," he said, while appreciating initiation of relief programme by Punjab government. To a question about former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf's re-entry into the political arena, Gilani said it was up to the masses for making a decision about it. Meanwhile, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik has said it has been decided to send a team comprising FIA officials to India to probe into the Mumbai terror attacks, and Pakistan will not provide protection and refuge to any criminal, including Dawood Ibrahim. He said this, while talking to the media persons after the inauguration of the office of Director General Benazir Income Support Programme on Wednesday. Malik said it further depended upon the Indian government's response while the international community supported the stance of the government. "I will follow the orders by the President and Prime Minister in this regard," he said, while adding that that the law and order situation in the country was improving day by day as compared to the time when PPP took charge of the government and the suicide blasts were very common every day. "The Swat peace accord is a positive development and the provincial government will be provided full support in this regard. We do not want to give gun and bomb in our children's hands and to provide them with book and pen is our ambition," he explained. Malik further said that PM Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani was dealing with all the issues with wisdom and due to the policies of PPP-led government, an environment of consensus on various issues like senate elections is being developed in the country which was also a desire of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. Malik supported a proposed project of the Punjab government to prepare a force to secure its provincial borders, and it was not unconstitutional and the federal government wanted to promote cooperation with all provincial governments. Malik also said Pakistan, its parliament and assemblies unanimously condemned the drone attacks in Pakistani territory and the government had requested America to address this issue. AGENCIES ADD: An Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Anurag Srivastava, told a news agency that New Delhi had not been officially informed of Gilani's comments. Pakistani investigators have lodged a police complaint against eight suspects, including Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani militant captured alive by Indian forces during the attack, in which nine gunmen were killed. A top Pakistani interior ministry official said last week Pakistan might ask India for the custody of Kasab. However, Pakistan's foreign ministry denied media reports that it had formally asked for Kasab to be handed over. Pakistan has also asked Indian authorities to speed up their investigation and answer 30 questions sent to India by Pakistani investigators to help Pakistan's prosecution case. Tensions have been running high between India and Pakistan since the Mumbai attack, though fear of a conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbours has receded. Islamabad acknowledged for the first time last week that the November assault in the Indian financial capital that killed at least 179 people was launched from, and partly planned in, Pakistan. It also said six suspects, including an alleged ringleader, were in custody. India welcomed the Pakistani acknowledgement, in a sign that a thaw was possible in ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours, who have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947.