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Indian peace delegation asks Pak to expedite 26/11 prosecutions
February 27, 2009 17:46 IST
Last Updated: February 27, 2009 17:48 IST
An Indian peace delegation, during its visit to Pakistan after the Mumbai [Images] terror strikes, has tried to impress upon the Asif Ali Zardari [Images] government to expedite prosecution of the perpetrators of the carnage saying the people in India are "angered" by the ghastly incident.
The 13-member delegation, led by veteran journalist Kuldeep Nayar, had met several officials of the Pakistani government and members of civil society groups during their five-day visit to Lahore [Images] and Islamabad [Images] which ended on Thursday.
"We highlighted the anger among people of India in the wake of the Mumbai attacks. They are waiting for justice. We told them that although you are proceeding in that direction, your are doing it at your own pace. We want it quickly," Nayar told media persons in New Delhi [Images] on Friday.
The delegation members, which included former foreign secretary Salman Haider and religious leader Swami Agnivesh, said the Pakistani authorities had told them that they were "working sincerely" towards it and trying to gather more evidence against those involved in the November 26 attacks.
The visit of the team, organised by the South Asians for Human Rights, came after a similar visit by a Pakistani delegation to push for resumption of the peace process between the two countries.
Nayar said the delegation told the Pakistanis that India was not creating any war hysteria. He also said some of the Pakistanis expressed that they do not know what lies in the future of the two countries if one more terror attack takes place in India.
"But there were more voices of peace and desire for peace," Nayar added.