Tuesday, February 22, 2011

26/1: India doubting Pakistan’s judicial process

NEW DELHI: India is gearing up to confront Pakistan over the tardy process of investigation and justice to bring the perpetrators of 26/11 terror attacks to justice during the coming Home Secretary level talks.

Setting the tone, even before Pakistan could respond to the dates sent by India for Home Secretary level talks, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday raised a question mark on Pak’s tardy judicial process for failing to bring the perpetrators of 26/11 terror attacks to justice.

Soon after deciding to resume structured talks on the side lines of SAARC Foreign Secretary meeting at Thimphu, Home secretary G K Pillai had extended invitation to Pakistan interior secretary Chaudhry Qamar Zaman for talks by giving two sets of dates - March 21 & 22 and March 28 & 29. However, Pakistan is yet to respond to the dates for talks that will be held in New Delhi.

Hailing Bombay High Court’s decision of upholding Kasab’s death sentence after following due process of law as a tribute, Chidambaram asked Pakistan to speed up the process.

“I compliment the High Court and the prosecution. It is a tribute to the Indian legal system. Pakistan needs to speed up the process now. There has been no movement between trial and High Court of Pakistan,” he said. In the talks, the Home Ministry is expected to set the record straight by asking about the outcome of loads of evidence it gave to its counterpart in nine dossiers to nail LeT top brass as well as persons from Pakistan’s establishment in planning and implementing the 26/11 attacks.

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