Pak refuses permission to NIA to visit for 26/11 probe

Pakistan has refused permission to a team of India`s NIA to visit that country to interrogate the masterminds of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and gather evidence against them.

Last Updated: Feb 07, 2011, 19:28 PM IST

New Delhi: Pakistan has refused permission to
a team of India`s National Investigation Agency (NIA) to visit
that country to interrogate the masterminds of the 26/11
Mumbai terror attacks and gather evidence against them.

The refusal comes at a time when India is considering a
request from Pakistan to send a judicial commission here to
interview key witnesses and other officials in connection with
the trial of seven suspects in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks
case in Pakistan.
In a communique, Islamabad conveyed to New Delhi that the
law of that country does not allow a probe by any foreign
agency in any case there, sources said.

It conveyed that Pakistan`s request to send a commission
to India cannot be equated with the Indian plea as Islamabad
has sent the request following a court proceeding.

Islamabad also told New Delhi that there was no Mutual
Legal Assistance Treaty between the two countries and so the
request cannot be accepted.
However, sources said, Pakistan`s refusal to allow the
NIA team to visit that country was another tactic to delay the
probe into Mumbai terror attack case as New Delhi would like
to send the team only after approval of the relevant court.

India is also suspicious about Pakistan`s sincerity as it
is yet to hand over the voice samples of the masterminds of
the Mumbai attack, as promised earlier, citing a lower court
order.

Sources said if Islamabad had the sincerity to bring the
perpetrators of the crime to justice, it would have approached
the concerned high court or the Supreme Court of Pakistan to
challenge the lower court order.

PTI