Expedite 26/11 trial: India tells Pakistan
India again conveyed its concerns to Pakistan regarding the lack of progress in the trial of Mumbai attack suspects today, asking it to take "expeditious action" to bring to justice all perpetrators of the terrorist assault.world Updated: Nov 27, 2010 22:21 IST
India again conveyed its concerns to Pakistan regarding the lack of progress in the trial of Mumbai attack suspects today, asking it to take "expeditious action" to bring to justice all perpetrators of the terrorist assault.
New Delhi's concerns were conveyed to Interior Minister Rehman Malik by High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal during a meeting at the Interior Ministry this evening.
The Indian envoy reiterated the concerns that were expressed by the External Affairs Ministry on the eve of the second anniversary of the attack regarding the lack of "substantive and verifiable progress" in the ongoing trial of the Pakistani suspects, the spokesman for the Indian High Commission said.
"The High Commissioner expressed the hope that expeditious action would be taken to bring all the perpetrators to justice," the spokesman said.
In a note verbale issued on Thursday, the External Affairs Ministry regretted that progress had not been made in bringing the perpetrators of the attack to justice despite "repeated assurances given by Pakistan's leadership at the highest level" and the extensive cooperation provided by India for the investigation and trial in Pakistan.
India again called on Pakistan to fulfil its commitments to bring all the perpetrators of the attacks to justice and to unravel the conspiracy behind the incident.
"A time-bound fulfilment of its stated commitments by Pakistan would not only go a long way towards building trust and confidence between the two countries but would also be a reflection of Pakistan's commitment to combat terrorism comprehensively," the note verbale said.
Earlier in the day, Interior Minister Malik contended that the trial of seven Pakistani suspects, including Lashker-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, has been held up because of New Delhi's delay in granting permission for a commission to visit India to interview key witnesses.
The commission needs to visit India to validate lone surviving attacker Ajmal Kasab's statement as it forms a key part of the case, Malik said.
"The delay is not from Pakistan's side... We have proposed to India that a Pakistani commission can visit New Delhi to validate Ajmal Kasab's statement, but India has not given any response so far.
"The delay is on the Indian side," he said.
The Federal Investigation Agency arrested the seven suspects on charges of facilitating and planning the attacks that killed 166 people.
However, their trial has been marred by controversy and procedural delays and only one out of over 160 witnesses has testified so far.
First Published: Nov 27, 2010 22:14 IST