26/11: No fresh communication on Pak panel`s visit

The panel was to arrive in the country on February three but the visit was cancelled by the Pakistani side at the last hour.

New Delhi: There has been no fresh
communication to India from Pakistan on the proposed visit of
a Judicial panel to record statements of key officials linked
to the investigation of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, official
sources said.

The panel was to arrive in the country on February three
but the visit was cancelled by the Pakistani side at the last
hour citing "some issues of legal nature".

"We have not heard anything new from Pakistan regarding
the proposed visit of a Judicial panel," the sources said,
adding that the government had indicated to Pakistan that it
would be willing to receive the judicial commission in the
first ten days of February.

"They had then indicated a window of opportunity when
this judicial delegation will come," a source said, adding
that the visit was scheduled for February 3-6.

Just before the 3rd, Pakistan informed India that they
would like to reschedule the panel`s visit due to "some issues
of legal nature", the sources said.

Asked if Islamabad has officially informed when the
visit is likely to take place, the sources said, "We have not
heard anything since then from Pakistan about the visit.

"The last communication we have from them is about their
intend to reschedule and that they will come back with fresh
dates."

Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik had recently
indicated that the panel could be sent before February 10.

PTI

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