Pakistan judicial panel on 26/11 to visit India soon

New Delhi, Nov 4: A Pakistani judicial commission probing the 26/11 Mumbai attacks will soon visit India to interview witnesses and persons affected in the terror strike.

Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik met Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram here Friday and informed him about the judicial commission’s visit and also sought ‘certain details’ regarding the terror attacks case.

Malik conveyed to Chidambaram that the Pakistani government would soon be sending the commission to take forward the process of bringing to justice the perpetrators and conspirators of the Mumbai attacks.

‘I came to inform the minister that the government of Pakistan will be sending the judicial commission to carry the process forward and I have mentioned that to the minister. We will formally be informing the Indian government shortly,’ Malik told reporters after the meeting.

He said the dates for the visit of the commission were yet to be fixed.

‘The Government of India has been informed. The home minister has been informed by me that we will be sending a commission. Now it is for the Indian government to give us certain details,’ he said without elaborating.

The Pakistan judicial commission is expected to record the statements of Mumbai Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R.V. Sawant Waghule and investigating officer Ramesh Mahale, who had recorded the confessional statement of Ajmal Amir Kasab, convicted of the terror attack, so that the case being heard by a Pakistani court could be pursued further.

Kasab is the lone surviving terrorist caught alive during the 26/11 attacks and he has already been convicted in the case by an Indian court.

The Pakistani commission, which has wanted to visit India for long, also wants to record the statement of a doctor who performed the post-mortem examinations of the nine terrorists killed in the attacks.

–Indo-Asian news Service

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