Aiming to strengthen cooperation on terrorism,India has provided Pakistan with the draft of Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) and extradition pact asking to take stern steps by signing an agreement. MLAT will help the investigating agencies in both the countries to collect and transfer evidence to be used for prosecution in criminal court. There are 8 letter rogatories (LRs) including on 26/11 (by NIA) pending before the courts in Pakistan and an MLAT will help the agencies to expedite their execution.
It is for the first time that Pakistan has promised to consider the request of the government regarding MLAT and extradition treaty. They (Pakistan) promised to examine the draft of the MLAT handed over by the Indian side and revert with comments within two months, said Home Secretary R K Singh adding that the Indian delegation also requested the Pakistani side to consider the possibility of inking an extradition treaty between the two countries. NIA and the FIA of Pakistan will cooperate on issues of mutual concern,including Mumbai terror attack investigation.
The government also raised the issue regarding the involvement of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed in Mumbai attacks and provided the Pakistani government with fresh evidence on his involvement. The statement of Ajmal Kasab was also cited by the delegation. Kasab was recently convicted by an Indian court after which a judicial commission from Pakistan visited Mumbai and took his statement. Kasabs statement given to Pakistans judicial commission is sufficient to nail Saeeds role and bring him for trial in Mumbai 26/11 case, explained a member of the delegation.
The Indian side also cited technical evidence against Saeed gathered from the trial of LeT operative David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana in a US court. The delegation which returned after two days of talks also cited the release of Pakistani virologist Khalil Chisti. In the same breath,New Delhi requested Islamabad to release Sarabjit as well. Sarabjit was convicted for his involvement in 1990 serial bomb blasts in Lahore and Multan that killed 14 people. He was given death sentence,but his execution was indefinitely put off by the Pakistan government.
12 dead in Tamil Nadu as vehicle turns turtle
A lorry carrying mangoes from Dharmapuri to Krishnagiri turned turtle when the driver of the vehicle lost control,crushing to death 12 persons travelling atop and injuring several others.
The lorry,which was transporting mangoes to pulp extraction centre in Krishnagiri,was headed to Kaveripattanam on Sunday evening when the driver lost control of the vehicle.
The vehicle fell into a roadside ditch trapping several workers who were travelling on it.