26/11 probe: Pak panel to visit India on Mar 12

The Indian government had earlier asked Pakistan to send the commission between February 1 and 10.

Islamabad: A Pakistani judicial commission
will visit India on March 12 as part of the probe into the
2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Interior Minister Rehman Malik
said on Friday.

Malik made the remarks during a meeting here with
Pakistan`s High Commissioner of Pakistan, Shahid Malik.
The minister was briefed by the envoy on the judicial
commission`s planned visit to India, officials said.

The minister said the judicial commission would visit
India on March 12 and directed the High Commissioner to inform
Indian authorities about the visit, officials said.

The Indian government had earlier asked Pakistan to send
the commission between February 1 and 10.

However, the panel could not go ahead with the visit due
to various reasons, including questions raised about the
panel`s notification by lawyers defending the seven Pakistani
suspects accused of involvement in the Mumbai incident.

At a hearing on Tuesday, the anti-terrorism court
conducting the trial of the seven suspects asked the
prosecution lawyers to present a fresh notification about the
commission`s visit to India to interview key officials.

On the other hand, official sources in New Delhi told PTI
that the Pakistani side had sought new dates for the
commission’s visit but a decision in this regard was yet to be

The sources further said the Indian side would have to
see whether a fresh notification regarding the commission`s
visit would be in line with the agreement between the two
sides on the functioning of the panel.

Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and the
six other suspects have been charged with planning, financing
and executing the attacks that killed 166 people in November

However, their trial has stalled over various technical
issues for the past year.


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