Justice has to be done by bringing to book 26/11 attackers: Rao
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao on Friday said "justice has to be done" by bringing to book all those responsible for Mumbai terror strikes.
New Delhi: Hoping that India and Pakistan
could come to a satisfactory conclusion about what is
required for the 26/11 trial to go ahead, Foreign Secretary
Nirupama Rao on Friday said "justice has to be done" by bringing
to book all those responsible for Mumbai terror strikes.
Rao made the comments after a nearly 20-minutes meeting
with Home Minister P Chidambaram here.
The Foreign Secretary, who is leaving for Thimphu for a
SAARC meeting, will hold bilateral talks with her Pakistani
counterpart Salman Bashir on the margins on February 6-7.
Noting that 26/11 trial in Pakistan was "one of the
issues under discussion between the two governments,
particularly between the Interior Ministry of Pakistan and our
Home ministry", she said New Delhi and Islamabad have been in
correspondence about the exchange of evidence that is required
for the trial to go forward after the meeting of the ministers
in last June.
"This is an ongoing effort. This is an ongoing exercise.
We hope that both the governments come to satisfactory
conclusion about what is required so that the trial could be
satisfactorily concluded because justice has to be done," she
Although, Rao did not divulge the details of her meeting
with the Home Minister, issues such 26/11 trial progress in
Pakistan, India`s demand for voice samples of masterminds of
the Mumbai attacks and recent developments in the
investigations of Samjhauta Express blast are believed to have
figured in the discussions.
Commenting on her forthcoming meeting with Bashir, she
said India will see how it can pick up the thread once again.
"We are going to meet after a certain interregnum, a few
months after last meeting. So, we will see how we can pick up
the thread once again. I am sure we will exchange ideas. Let`s
hope that we would be able to pick up convergence of views.
"Every such meeting is an attempt to build greater
comprehension of each other`s position and deeper
understanding," the Foreign Secretary said.