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'Enough evidence for Pak to prosecute 26/11 masterminds'

July 18, 2012 20:10 IST

Insisting that there is enough evidence to prosecute 26/11 perpetrators, India on Wednesday said that Pakistan must take action on the proof provided to it.

"We certainly press on all the time to Pakistan that they must bring the perpetrators to book. We feel that there was enough evidence and that they should take that into account to bring them to book," Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur told reporters.

Her comments came against the backdrop of a Pakistani court ruling that findings of a judicial commission which visited India were illegal.

The lawyers defending the accused had opposed the report of the Pakistani commission, saying it had 'no legal value' as the panel was not allowed to cross-examine witnesses during the visit to Mumbai.

The eight-member commission, which included prosecutors and defence lawyers, visited Mumbai and interviewed a judge, a senior police officer and two doctors who conducted  the autopsies of the terrorists involved in the attacks and their victims.

Indian officials had said that cross-examination of the witnesses was not allowed in line with an agreement between New Delhi and Islamabad.

The trial has virtually stalled since last year and the judge has been changed five times since the proceedings began in early 2009.

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