India willing for joint body for Mumbai attack probe

September 7, 2010 by Post Team 

India willing for joint body for Mumbai attack probe, NEW DELHI: India is open to the proposal of Pakistan to form a commission on 26 \ 11 attacks and send it here to record the testimony of two key witnesses – the judge, who recorded the confessional statement of the only surviving attacker Kasab Ajmal and the police officer who investigated the incident – but expect a formal request by Islamabad.

Sources aware of the Government of India said that India has no problem to discuss Pakistan’s proposal of an arrangement such as New Delhi had agreed to allow their officials to testify before a Pakistani court through video conferencing.

“It was transmitted by the interior minister P Chidambaram to his Pakistani counterpart, Rehman Malik, when he spoke by telephone Saturday,” said an official.

During the conversation, in addition to the proposal to constitute a committee, learning both the leaders and discussed security issues and the ongoing trial in Pakistan of the accused in the Mumbai attacks.

Chidambaram said Malik said Pakistan’s proposal on the formation of a commission would be “considered” when it is received.

But the sources said, the proposal of Pakistan in the commission must be approved by the court of that country who is the trial of the seven accused in the Mumbai attacks, including Rehman Lakhvi Zakiur LeT operative, before a formal application would be sent to New Delhi.

The sources said Pakistan until the court makes a decision, any discussion of the issue is premature. “India’s position could be formed only after a formal request comes from Islamabad,” they added.

Malik, who held talks with the High Commissioner of India to Paiste Sharat Sabharwal in Islamabad on Saturday, told reporters that the trial of Lakhvi and six other suspects was “trapped” by the issue of indigenous witnesses testify via video conferencing as this was not allowed under Pakistani laws.

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