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26/11: Pak to allow Indian investigators access evidence

delhi Updated: Oct 30, 2012 01:44 IST
HT Correspondent

Islamabad has agreed in principle to allow a team of Indian investigators to access the evidence collected against arrested LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six others being tried in 26/11 terror attack case there.

The investigators, however, would not be allowed to question the suspects in line with the agreement between the two countries.

A home ministry official said New Delhi had sent a formal request through the foreign ministry for a set of dates when sleuths of the National Investigation Agency can travel to the western neighbour.

Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde had raised the issue with his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik on the sidelines of the SAARC ministerial meeting in Maldives last month.

NIA officials had earlier hoped to question the suspects but were told by the home ministry officials that this would be stretching things too far.

India too had only allowed a judicial commission to record statements of crucial witnesses in the 26/11 case. The Pakistani commission was not allowed to cross-examine the witnesses, a decision that led the Pakistani court to reject the statements collected by the commission.