Malik and Pak envoy to India discuss Mumbai commission

Last Updated: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 23:16

Islamabad: Interior Minister Rehman Malik
on Saturday directed Pakistan`s envoy to New Delhi to inform the
Indian government about the planned visit of a Pakistani
judicial commission that will interview key persons linked to
the probe into the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Malik conveyed the direction to High Commissioner to India
Shahid Malik during a meeting, said an official statement.
Malik and the envoy discussed matters related to the visit
of the judicial commission.

"The minister also directed the High Commissioner to
inform the Indian government on the planned judicial
commission visit to India," the statement said.

The statement did not give any details about the members
of the proposed commission or the date for its planned visit.
Malik conveyed a goodwill massage to his Indian
counterpart P Chidambaram.

Malik and the envoy also discussed the follow-up of the
Home Secretary-level meeting between Pakistan and India, the
statement said without giving details.

In a related development, the Rawalpindi-based
anti-terrorism court conducting the trial of seven suspects
charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks today adjourned
the case for a week as a higher court is yet to decide on key
accused Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi`s petition against the judge.

Lakhvi, the operations commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba,
recently filed a petition in the Lahore High Court asking that
the case against him in the anti-terrorism court be
transferred from Rawalpindi to Lahore.

Lakhvi said he had no confidence in the anti-terrorism
court`s judge, whom he claimed was being influenced by the
government.

Anti-terrorism court Judge Shahid Rafique adjourned the
case till November 5 without any proceedings today as the High
Court has reserved its verdict on Lakhvi`s petition.

The prosecution had filed an application in the High Court
seeking the dismissal of Lakhvi`s petition.

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Chaudhry reserved his
verdict on October 17 after hearing arguments by Lakhvi`s
counsel and prosecution lawyers.

It is not known when the High Court will give its ruling
on the matter.

Interior Minister said last year that it was necessary for
the judicial commission to visit India and interview a
magistrate and police officers who were involved in the
investigation of the Mumbai attacks.

The testimony of the Indian officials is needed to proceed
with the prosecution of the Pakistani suspects, he had then
said.

The anti-terrorism court has allowed the government to
form the judicial commission but it is yet to be constituted
by the Interior Ministry.

There have been no proceedings in the anti-terrorism court
for the past few weeks as defence lawyers have filed several
petitions that the prosecution says are aimed at delaying the
trial.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 20:20

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