26/11: Pak judicial commission unlikely to visit India soon

Despite conveying dates many times,commission has failed to visit India citing various reasons.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: March 4, 2012 11:22 am

Frustrated over the long delay in the 26/11 court proceedings in Pakistan,India is not hopeful that a judicial commission of that country will visit any time soon to record statements of key persons involved in the Mumbai attacks probe despite an announcement by a top functionary.

Home Ministry officials are skeptical over the recent announcement of Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik that the Pakistani judicial commission will visit India on March 12,as it repeatedly failed to keep its dates in the past. Islamabad has been maintaining for the past two years that to take the judicial process of the 26/11 case in Pakistan to its logical conclusion,visit of the commission to India to record the statement of Ramesh Mahale,investigating officer of the case and R V Sawant-Waghul,the magistrate who recorded the confessional statement of lone surviving Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab,was necessary.

“But despite conveying dates several times,they have failed to visit India citing one or the other reasons. The last time they cancelled a pre-scheduled visit was in the first week of February. We don’t think the Pakistani commission is going to come anytime soon,” an official said.

On March 29,2011 after the India-Pakistan Home Secretary level talks,a joint statement issued said dates for the visit of the judicial commission from Pakistan will be conveyed to India within four-six weeks. But nothing has happened.

Pakistan’s inability to send the commission has cast doubt over its intention and put the trial of 26/11 case in a Rawalpindi court against seven Pakistani suspects,including Lashker-e-Taiba ‘commander’ Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi,into further uncertainty.

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