No positive sign from Pak to send commission: Chidambaram
Home Minister P Chidambaram said the government has not received "any positive indication" from Pakistan on sending its commission to that country in order to question 26/11 terror attack accused.
New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said the government has not received "any positive indication"
from Pakistan on sending its commission to that country in
order to question 26/11 terror attack accused.
"They (Pakistan) have not given in-principle agreement to
send our committee or commission," Chidambaram told reporters
When asked about any time frame for visit of Indian
commission to Pakistan, he said, "That is a suggestion that is
put forward. That they should reciprocate by receiving our
team. We have not got any positive indication on that yet. We
do not have affirmative response on that yet."
During the Home Secretary-level talks held here in March,
India agreed to a Pakistani proposal to host a judicial
commission of that country to take statements of Additional
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R V Sawant Waghule and
Investigating Officer Ramesh Mahale who have record the
confessional statement of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving
terrorist of 26/11 attack, to pursue the case there.
It also wanted to take statement of the doctor who
carried out the postmortem of the terrorists died during the
Islamabad has been maintaining that it is necessary to
send the commission to India as part of the judicial process
of the case in Pakistan and promised at the Home Secretary-
level talks that they would do so by May 15.
However, nothing has been heard from Islamabad on the
proposed judicial commission`s visit to India.
Pakistan`s contention is that the charges against the
seven Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives, including its operation
commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, lodged in a jail there are
based on Kasab`s statement in Mumbai and hence the magistrate
and the IO`s statements were necessary to submit before the
anti-terror court there.