Pak envoy promises proper trail for 26/11 accused

New Delhi, July 17 (ANI): Pakistan's High Commissioner to India, Salman Bashir, has assured that the designated court in his country, which is hearing a case of the perpetrators 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks would conduct a 'proper trial'.

Addressing a function hosted by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here, Bashir said Pakistan is committed towards delivering justice in the case.

"The 26/11 court trial is being addressed at the legal level and whatever is necessary is being done in that regard. Of course I can understand the desire this side to see swift movement in the court. But all I can say is that given the legal procedures, these matters are being dealt with in a proper way to meet the requirements of justice," Bashir said.

The terror attack on Mumbai nearly five years ago has strained the bilateral relations between India and Pakistan.

Recently, the trial of seven Pakistani suspects in the case, including Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, was adjourned till July 20.

Reportedly, Islamabad had sent a Letter of Rogatory (LR) through a designated court, asking for samples of the 'pink foam material' recovered from the attacked sites.

The court intended to conduct chemical comparisons of these with similar samples seized in Karachi.

India has contended that Pakistan has repeatedly failed to act against those behind the raids, including LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, who has a 10 million dollar bounty on his head.

Pakistan admits the attacks were planned on its soil, but denies official involvement.

Improving relations with Pakistan is a keystone of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's foreign policy.

Singh, who was born in present-day Pakistan when it was still part of British India, has repeatedly postponed visiting the country because of lack of progress on convicting the Mumbai suspects.

Earlier in 2012, India secretly hanged Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the Pakistan-based militant squad responsible for a rampage through Mumbai that killed 166 people.

Ten militants arrived on the Mumbai shoreline in a dinghy on November 26, 2008, before splitting into four groups and embarking on a killing spree.

They held off elite commandos for up to 60 hours in two luxury hotels and a Jewish centre in the city.

The three-day rampage led to an increase in tension between India and its nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan, causing a temporary suspension of peace talks. (ANI)

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