Pakistan commission to visit India by May 15
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 20:18
New Delhi: A Pakistani judicial commission will visit India by May 15 to interview key witnesses in connection with the trial of seven Pakistani suspects in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case.

This was agreed at the Home Secretary level talks between India and Pakistan concluded here on Tuesday.

Though Pakistan conveyed its readiness, in principle, based upon the principle of comity and reciprocity, to entertain a Commission from India with respect to Mumbai terror attack, modalities and composition will be worked out through diplomatic channels.

"It is too early to say who will actually visit Pakistan from India and what will be their plan of action," an official said.

As part of the judicial process of 26/11 case in that country, the Commission wants to visit India to take statements of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate RV Sawant Waghule, Investigating Officer Ramesh Mahale, who recorded Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Kasab's statement, and the doctor who carried out the post-mortem of the terrorists.

"We hope that the visit of the Pakistan Commission will facilitate the speedy trial of the case and conviction of the guilty," the official said.

Pakistan's contention is that the charges against the seven Lashkar-e-Toiba activists, including its operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, are based on Kasab's statement in Mumbai and hence the magistrate and the IO's statements were absolutely necessary to submit before the anti-terror court there.

India has already provided to Pakistan copies of Kasab's statement that was recorded in Hindi and Marathi in the presence of Waghule. An English version is also available with Pakistan.


First Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 20:18

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