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India wants to question 26/11 accused in Pak jail

Last updated on: December 23, 2010 21:01 IST

In a fresh proposal, India has conveyed to Pakistan that it wants to send a commission to Islamabad to question Lashker-e-Tayiba terrorists, including Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, in connection with the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.

In a communication, New Delhi told Islamabad that it wanted to send a commission to get voice samples of the masterminds, who were present in the control room, directing 26/11 attackers in Mumbai.

India also conveyed to Pakistan that it wanted to question Lakhvi and six other suspects who were arrested and charged under Pakistani anti-terrorism laws in November 2009, government sources said. The other accused India wants to question include Zarrar Shah and Abu Al Qama.

On several occasions in the past, India had asked Pakistan to inform it about the steps being taken to process the requests for voice samples of all Mumbai terror attacks accused.

Home Minister P Chidambaram had, during his meeting with his Pakistani counterpart in June in Islamabad, asked for information about the seven persons involved in the attack.

New Delhi also told Islamabad that it is examining Pakistan's request for allowing a commission to come and record the statement of the investigating officer and the magistrate who conducted the probe and the trial of 26/11 and the doctor who performed the post-mortem on the nine dead terrorists who carried out the attack.

Pakistan government wants to send a commission to take statements of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R V Sawant Waghule and Investigating Officer Ramesh Mahale, who recorded 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab's statement, and the doctor who carried out the post-mortem of the dead terrorists.

India wants a confirmation from Pakistan that there would be no further requests for any questioning on anyone related to 26/11 attack on Indian soil, sources said.

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