ISLAMABAD " Pakistan is most likely to send its response today to India's demand for the handing over of 20 wanted persons to New Delhi, TheNation learnt on Sunday. "The response to the Indian demand has been prepared and will be sent to New Delhi on Monday, " said an official here requesting anonymity. When asked about Pakistan's position being conveyed to India on the handing over of Dawood Ibrahim, Prof Hafiz Saeed, Maulana Masood Azhar and other wanted persons, the official said that there had been no mention of those persons in Islamabad's response at all. He said that India would be told through the response that terrorism was a common threat to Islamabad and New Delhi and both the nations must work jointly to curb the deadly menace. India would also be told that the South Asian nuclear rivals needed to focus on enhancing cooperation in the field of intelligence sharing and for that purpose, they also had a joint anti-terror mechanism, the official said. "What the two sides could do is to speed up the intelligence sharing and go for joint investigation of Mumbai attacks and this is our response," he said. When asked about the reason behind ignoring India's demand for handing over of the wanted persons, the official said that it was not beneficial for the two countries to indulge in blame game adding that if there was an Indian list, Pakistan also had asked time and again for the handing over of well over 30 persons wanted for different acts of terror on Pakistani soil. Earlier, there were also reports that the United States and India had given a 48-hour deadline to Pakistan to take action against Laskhar-e-Taiba and also to arrest at least three Pakistanis including General (Retd) Hamid Gul, former ISI chief, who the Indian authorities believe are linked to the multiple attacks in Mumbai. The official said that no such demand or request had been received in Islamabad and all media reports in this regard were baseless. A report said that US and India had asked Pakistan to arrest and hand over Lashkar commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhwi and former ISI chief Hamid Gul in connection with the Mumbai attacks. "This, besides the arrest of a Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Yusuf Muzammil identified as the mastermind behind the attacks," it added. The report quoted unnamed Pakistani officials in support of its claim. The official said that a negative media campaign had been launched in different parts of the world against Pakistan and its security related institutions adding, "We condemn it as it will serve no cause other than strengthening the hands of terrorists."