‘Is Pakistan Serious About Mumbai Terror Attack’
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party Tuesday questioned if the Pakistan government was serious about giving justice to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack victims in the wake of a Pakistani court rejecting a report submitted by the country’s panel probing the incident. “We have come to know that a court in Pakistan has called the Pakistani judicial committee which came to investigate the 26/11 related matters as illegal. Apparently the court has said that the report that this eight member judicial committee submitted is illegal,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said, adding, “It also said that report will not be read as evidence in the trials which are being done on the 26/11 terror related matters. Is Pakistan serious at all in handling this 26/11 related matters?”
Sitharaman however clarified that she was “not commenting” on the Pakistan court decision.
According to Pakistan’s Dawn, hearing a petition against the judicial commission, the anti-terrorist court (ATC) of Rawalpindi rejected the report and termed as illegal the Indian move not to allow the commission access to witnesses.
The court said the panel’s report could not be made part of records related to those accused in Pakistan and described as “a waste of time” the activities of the judicial commission.
It noted that if both countries agreed, then the judicial commission could travel to India to cross-examine the witnesses in the future. The Mumbai terror attack in November 2008 was carried out by 10 Pakistanis who left 166 people, including many foreigners, dead.
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