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Allow 2nd visit of 26/11 commission: Pak asks India

August 08, 2012 19:57 IST

Pakistan has asked India to allow its judicial commission to visit Mumbai again for cross examination of witnesses of 26/11 case for gathering evidence against seven accused, including Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

The communication from Islamabad to New Delhi came weeks after a ruling of a Pakistani court on the 26/11 case which said that evidence collected by the commission  during its first visit to India in March had no 'evidential value' to punish those involved in the Mumbai terror attack.

Pakistan conveyed to India that it was necessary to take forward the case in the Rawalpindi court and hence the commission should be allowed to visit India again for cross examination of a metropolitan magistrate, a police officer and two doctors, who conducted the autopsies on the nine killed terrorists involved in the attacks.

"We are examining the requests. When a decision is taken we will inform Pakistan," a home ministry official said.

Last month, Union Home Secretary R K Singh said India believed that the evidence collected by the commission had evidential value. Islamabad also sent a copy of the ruling of the court. New Delhi will get it examined by legal experts before taking any decision on the request, the official said.

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