Judicial commission on 26/11 to visit India: Pak

Chidambaram and Malik had their deliberations on the fringes of the SAARC Interior/Home Ministers meeting.

Zeenews Bureau

Thimphu: Pakistan has confirmed to India that it will soon send a judicial commission to pursue the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case. Sources said this was conveyed by Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik to Home Minister P Chidambaram when they met on the sidelines of the SAARC Interior/Home Ministers meeting here on Saturday.

Sources said a team from India is also likely to visit Pakistan in connection with the 26/11 probe.

During the Home Secretary-level talks in March, India had agreed to host Pakistan`s judicial commission to take statements of the magistrate, investigating officer and the doctor who had conducted the post-mortem of the terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

The commission also wants to interview the Indian officials in connection with the trial of seven Pakistani suspects currently in prison in that country in connection with the case.

Chidambaram`s meeting with Malik came on a day when the former said terrorism posed the most significant "existential challenge" to peace and security in South Asia.

Yesterday’s was Chidambaram and Malik’s second one-to-one interaction since their last encounter in Islamabad last year on the sidelines of a regional meeting.

Malik said the meeting was "very good" and held in a very cordial atmosphere.

Issues of mutual interests were discussed, said Malik, who on Friday described Chidambaram as his "elder brother".

At the SAARC meet earlier in the day, Chidambaram said terrorism was the "most significant existential challenge" to peace and security in South Asia and it was the single largest hindrance to socio-economic development in the region.

The Pakistanai Interior Minister while expressing his intention to meet Chidambaram here said there are a few issues to be discussed with the Indian leader.

Interestingly, Malik and Chidambaram travelled on Friday on the same Druk Air commercial flight from Delhi to Paro, 56 km from the capital of this Himalayan nation.

Malik said that during his brief interaction with Chidambaram on the flight he conveyed to him that Pakistan would be "very happy" to offer any help to India on any issue.

"I have told him that we will be very happy to offer any cooperation," he said.

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