Pakistan commission to visit India by May 15

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.

PTI



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

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