Pak to send panel for 26/11 probe

Pak to send panel for 26/11 probe

The two countries reaffirmed their pledge to cooperate in the attack probe at a meeting on Saturday between Home Minister P Chidambaram and his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik on the sidelines of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation security meet here.

The two leaders issued a joint statement on Sunday after their meeting “held in a cordial atmosphere.”

“The interior minister of Pakistan affirmed that his ministry was working towards an early visit of a judicial commission from Pakistan to India. He hoped that the visit would take place at an early date,” the joint statement said.

The probe panel from Pakistan will record statements of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R V Sawant Waghule and investigating officer Ramesh Mahale.

The two officials had recorded the statements of Ajmal Kasab, the lone Pakistani terrorist to be captured. He was one of 10 Pakistanis who sailed into India illegally from Pakistan and launched a three-day mayhem, killing 166 people. The two officials had also questioned doctors who carried out the autopsy of the nine terrorists and the victims of the carnage.

India wants Pakistan to conclude its trial against LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other LeT cadres charged with involvement in the Mumbai attack. Lakhvi is believed to have given telephonic instructions to the 10 terrorists during the attack.

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