India has pressed Pakistan for the voice samples of the seven accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and called for speedy trial of the case to bring to justice the Pakistani perpetrators of the strikes.
Home minister P Chidambaram reminded his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik of his commitments made last year when they met on the sidelines of the Saarc interior ministers meeting in Bhutan’s capital, Thimpu, on Saturday.
Hours before the bilateral meeting, Chidambaram had raised the bar for Islamabad when he made it clear that it wasn’t good enough for governments to blame non-state actors. “If I may speak frankly, let me say that no state and no government can escape responsibility by pointing to non-State actors,” he told the Saarc meeting of home ministers.
“The Indian home minister referred to the requests made by the home ministry some of which were pending with Pakistan since their last meeting,” a joint statement issued on Sunday said.
Pakistan has arrested seven persons in connection with the 26/11 attacks, including LeT’s operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.
India has been demanding voice samples of the accused, who were giving instructions to the 10 terrorists during the attack. Malik also ‘sought an early response’ to some of the queries by his ministry in the same case.
“The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere. The two ministers discussed matters of mutual interest and concerns,” the statement said.
According to a PTI report from Thimpu, Malik said the Pakistan interior ministry was working for an early visit of a judicial commission from Pakistan.
The visit is primarily aimed at recording statement of the magistrate, RV Sawant Waghule, who had recorded the confession of Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist captured alive during the Mumbai attack.
The joint statement said Malik “expressed that the visit will take place at an early date.
India can also send a team to Pakistan in connection with the Mumbai attack probe as agreed during the home secretary-level talks in March in New Delhi.