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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Delhi, November 22, 2012
The secret execution of Ajmal Kasab on Wednesday will not bring down the curtains on perhaps the most sophisticated terror strike on Indian soil.

The probe into unravelling the full 26/11 conspiracy and bringing the plotters to justice in Pakistan is a job that is not even half done.

The sheer enormity of the attack, hatched across the border, has ensured that substantial progress on 26/11 attack probe is a imperative for India in making dialogue process with Pakistan meaningful.

"I would imagine that they (Pakistan) will be able to say that they have done whatever it takes to reach closure on an extremely unhappy event that caused enormous distress to our country...," external affairs minister Salman Khurshid said.

Even as it prods Pakistan to speed up the trial of the seven suspects, including LeT commander Zaikur Rehman Lakhvi, the trial is taking a long time. For example, the suspected key planners of the attack were arrested in January 2009, but no substantial progress has been made in the case and remains a far-fetched idea.