"Next step expell Pakistan envoy and declare war !"

In the wake of Mumbai terror strikes, the Ministry of External Affairs on Monday summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik to lodge protest over Pakistan's failure to curb terrorism emanating from its soil.

Malik was called by Joint Secretary (Pakistan) in the MEA T C A Raghavan who issued a demarche to him on the Mumbai strikes which is suspected to have been carried out by "elements" based in Pakistan, sources said.

The High Commissioner was told that the elements in Pakistan were behind Mumbai attack and that India expects strong action against those elements. Pakistan's actions need to match sentiments expressed by its leadership, India said, adding that Pakistan must act on the list of fugitives hiding in Pakistan.

Investigations into the three-day Mumbai terror strikes have shown that the plan to carry out the attacks was hatched in Pakistan and the perpetrators of the ghastly act came from Karachi by ships and boats.

Islamabad has been in a denial mode but India says it has hard evidence to show Pakistani link.

The development comes amid growing tension between the two nations over the attacks.

Mohammad Qasab, the only terrorist to have been arrested in connection with the attacks, has confessed that ten terrorists left from the shores of Karachi on a small boat. (With NDTV inputs)