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26/11: Pak judicial commission may visit India in Jan

Source: PTI
December 20, 2011 18:47 IST
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A Pakistani judicial commission is likely to visit India next month to interview key persons linked to the probe into the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has received a communiqué through diplomatic channels about the proposed visit of the Pakistan judicial commission in the first half of January 2012, official sources said.

The commission will take the statements of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R V Sawant Waghule and Investigating Officer Ramesh Mahale, who have recorded the confessional statement of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist involved in the 26/11 attacks, to pursue the case in Pakistan.

It also wanted to take the statements of the two doctors who carried out the post mortem of the terrorists killed during the attack. Pakistan has already issued a gazette notification on the formation of the judicial commission and has listed the members who will represent Pakistan government.

The delegation will include Khalid Qureshi, the head of the Federal Investigation Agency's Special Investigation Group, and Muhammad Azhar Chaudhry and Chaudhry  Zulifqar, the two main prosecutors.

The notification further said that representatives of the defence lawyers too would be part of the commission. Accordingly, five counsel of seven Pakistani suspects charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks had informed the nti-terrorism court that they were prepared to go to India.

The notification was issued in response to a directive from the anti-terrorism court that is conducting the trial of seven Pakistani suspects, including Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who have been charged with planning and financing the attacks in 2008 that killed 166 people.

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