Krishna tells Pak to expedite 26/11 trial

India on Wednesday pressed for "effective steps" to dismantle infrastructure of terror in Pakistan.

Updated: Jan 13, 2010, 23:26 PM IST

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

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

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.