Ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s meeting with Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in the last week of September, Islamabad cancelled the visit of a judicial panel to India in 26/11 Mumbai attack case.
The panel was scheduled to visit Mumbai on September 4.
“Pakistan informed us that 26/11 judicial commission will not travel to India as planned due to procedural and technical issues,” official sources said.
“Pakistan had earlier conveyed readiness to send the judicial commission to cross-examine prosecution witnesses in connection with Mumbai terrorist attack and we had expressed willingness to receive it,” official sources added.
Pakistan also said it would propose fresh dates to send the panel.
The visit of the panel was seen as a forward movement in the Mumbai terror strike case, which has become a domestic imperative for India ahead of the two prime ministers’ meeting in New York.
India also hopes to have peace returning to the Line of Control and Pakistan showing intent in addressing the concerns over terrorism.
Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, TCA Raghavan, has discussed the details of a meeting that is likely to take place between Sharif and Singh.
The meeting between Raghavan and Aziz commenced with both officials discussing India-Pakistan relations. But Indian sources said it is a routine meeting.
The relations between the two countries have remained tense due to the recent exchange of fire along the Line of Control (LoC), the report said.
Aziz said the impending meeting of both the prime ministers would be a step forward in improving relations, adding that it was an effective way to clarify confusions.
He stressed that Pakistan was looking to foster cordial ties with India, adding that the meeting between the two premiers would go a long way in addressing misunderstandings from the past, Pakistan media reports said.