New Delhi: With relations between India and Pakistan steadily getting back to normalcy, New Delhi is hoping to resolve the stalemate over securing voice samples of Pakistan-based handlers of 26/11 terror attack.
On Saturday, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters that India had asked Pakistan to hand over voice samples of those who had been handling and directing the terrorists during the attack in Mumbai in 2008 that killed 166 people.
He said the Pakistan authorities will consult their legal department and they "may come to us with something".
Notably, Pakistan so far has refused to provide the voice samples of 26/11 perpetrators, including Hafiz Saeed. Pakistan’s stubbornness had even resulted in former Union home minister P Chidambaram taking a stand not to meet his counterpart Rehman Malik till Pakistan agreed to give the samples.
Highly-placed sources said India is expected to suggest Islamabad to use public statement/speeches of Hafiz Saeed to testify his voice over samples that were intercepted by the Indian agencies during 26/11 terror attacks.
Indian security establishment thinks that this method can be used by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency to match the voice samples to nail Hafiz Saeed complicity in the 26/11 and the obtained result can also be shared with India.
India has been maintaining for long that Saeed, Jamaat-ud-Dawaa’s chief and Lashkar-e-Toiba’s (LeT) founder was the kingpin in not only hatching 26/11 terror attacks’ devious plan but had also actively participated in giving instruction to 10 terrorists from the Karachi control room who had gone on a rampage in Mumbai.
India wanted to send a National Investigation Agency team to Pakistan to examine the material evidence collected against 26/11 terror attack accused, including Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, and six others undergoing trial in Pakistan.
In the meantime, India on Saturday said the dates of Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik`s visit to the country had not yet been finalised.
(With DNA inputs)