26/11 attacks: India may respond to Pak this week on Commission

India is likely to respond within this week to Pakistan`s proposal to send a commission here to interview key witnesses in connection with the trial of seven Pakistani suspects in 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case.

Last Updated: Nov 08, 2010, 21:39 PM IST

New Delhi: India is likely to respond within
this week to Pakistan`s proposal to send a commission here to
interview key witnesses in connection with the trial of seven
Pakistani suspects in 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case.
Sources said India, as such, does not have any problem
if a Commission from Pakistan comes to take statements of
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R V Sawant Waghule,
Investigating Officer Ramesh Mahale, who recorded Mumbai
attack convict Ajmal Kasab`s statement, and the doctors who
carried out the post-mortem of the victims and the terrorists.

While delivering the latest dossier to India on Friday,
Pakistan has said that it needed a written response before
November 13 on the proposal of a commission to visit India to
submit it to a Pakistan court conducting the trial of seven
Pakistani suspects, including Lashker-e-Taiba commander
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who have been charged with planning and
facilitating the Mumbai attack.

"We are preparing a report and in all probability will
hand over to Pakistan before November 13," an official said.

Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan Rahul
Kulshreshth was handed over the 13th dossier on the Mumbai
attack case by that country`s Foreign Office Director General
(South Asia) Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi on Friday.
The dossier contained requests for more information from
Indian authorities regarding terror attack including the
inquest report of all the 166 victims, material evidence
found with the nine dead terrorists and captured terrorist
Kasab besides others.

Government officials, however, described the latest
dossier as nothing but another delaying tactic of the
Pakistani authorities on taking action against the
perpetrators of the Mumbai attack.

"Pakistan just wanted to give an impression to US
President Barack Obama before his visit to India that they are
taking steps to bring the perpetrators of Mumbai attack to
justice," an official said.

PTI