Krishna tells Pak to expedite 26/11 trial
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 23:26
New Delhi/Islamabad: External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Wednesday enquired about the status of the Mumbai attack trial in Pakistan as he called his counterpart S M Qureshi, who assured him that Islamabad "is doing its best to bring the perpetrators to justice".

During their telephonic conversation, Krishna pressed for "effective steps" to dismantle infrastructure of terror, saying it is still being "used" for anti-India acts.

This assumes significance as infiltration attempts from across are on the rise leading to concerns in India.

"They reviewed the status of trial in Pakistan of the accused and proclaimed offenders in the Mumbai terrorist attack case. Krishna underscored the need for bringing the perpetrators to justice expeditiously and requested that India be kept informed of the progress of the trial," a Ministry of External Affairs statement said in New Delhi.

Qureshi said that despite challenges the two countries confronted, Pakistan wants a "cooperative relationship as both our countries stood to gain from a sustained engagement," a Foreign Office statement said in Islamabad.

Qureshi also briefed Krishna on the trial of seven suspects accused of helping plan and execute the Mumbai attack in a Pakistani anti-terror court and said Pakistan "is doing its best to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice".

Krishna "stressed the need for Pakistan to unravel the full conspiracy behind the Mumbai terrorist attack following the leads provided and available in Pakistan, and requested that India be informed also of the results of such investigations".

He said Pakistan "needs to take effective steps to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism which exists in Pakistan and continues to be used for anti-India activities." Pitching for resumption of talks, Qureshi on his part "stressed how useful the composite dialogue had been in achieving incremental progress towards resolving bilateral issues to our mutual advantage".

The composite dialogue process was put on hold in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, which were carried out by the Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Toiba.

He said: "Pakistan itself was the biggest victim of terrorism. The government and the people of Pakistan were determined to eliminate this menace once and for all."

Qureshi raised the issue of an Indian Army official's reported comments on preparing for a two-front war involving Pakistan and China and said "such jingoistic statements were uncalled for and served only to vitiate bilateral atmosphere".

The two agreed the recent visit to India by Pakistan National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza was a positive development. Qureshi also suggested the revival of the dormant India-Pakistan Parliamentary Forum as soon as possible.

Qureshi also referred to Pakistan's unilateral decision to release 100 Indian fishermen and said Judicial Committee on Prisoners should be "convened and allowed to fulfil its mandate" and Krishna thanked Pakistan for the humanitarian gesture.

Krishna also stated that India had freed 31 Pakistani fishermen and will soon release the 19 remaining ones whose nationality has been confirmed by Pakistan.

Krishna also conveyed New Year wishes to Qureshi.


First Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 23:26

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