India welcomes Pakistan judicial commission’s visit

November 5th, 2011 - 4:17 pm ICT by IANS  

P. Chidambaram New Delhi, Nov 5 (IANS) India Saturday welcomed Pakistan’s decision to send a judicial commission to interview witnesses connected with the 26/11 terror probe.

“We look forward to the visit of the judicial commission,” Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai told reporters here.

Pakistan’s High Commissioner Shahid Malik Friday met Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram and conveyed to him that the Pakistani government would soon be sending the commission to take forward the process of bringing to justice the perpetrators and conspirators of the Mumbai carnage.

The commission is expected to record the statements of Mumbai Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R.V. Sawant Waghule and investigating officer Ramesh Mahale, who had recorded the confessional statement of Ajmal Amir Kasab, convicted of the terror attack.

Kasab is the lone surviving terrorist caught alive during the 26/11 attacks and he has already been convicted in the case by an Indian court.

Islamabad has contended that the charges against seven LeT militants, including its ‘operation commander’ Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, who are currently lodged in a Pakistani jail, were based on Kasab’s statement and hence the magistrate and the investigating officer’s statements were necessary to furnish before the anti-terror court.

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