'PM unlikely to visit Pak, India unhappy with 26/11 probe'
Posted on: 10:40 AM IST Nov 16, 2012
New Delhi: Ahead of the fourth anniversary of the Mumbai attacks, the government has linked the 26/11 probe with a prime ministerial visit to Pakistan. Highly-placed sources in the Ministry of External Affairs have virtually ruled out Manmohan Singh's visit to Pakistan pointing out that Pakistan was yet to fulfill India's expectations on 26/11.
This follows Pakistan Prime Minister Asif Ali Zardari extending an invitation to the PM during a visit to Ajmer earlier in July 2012. Zardari had invited the PM to make a trip to his ancestral village in Punjab province on the occasion of Guru Nanak's birth anniversary which falls later this month.
But MEA sources have indicated to CNN-IBN that the sense of hurt still remains and a little balm is necessary to enable India to move forward. India's demands to Pakistan include voice samples of suspects, speedy trial of Lashkar suspects and restrictions on Hafiz Saeed.
Earlier this month, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had said that he hopes that when Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik visits India in November, he carries the voice samples of 2008 Mumbai terror attack suspects with him. India has been demanding voice samples of the accused who were giving instructions to the 10 terrorists during the November, 2008 attack.
Former home minister P Chidambaram, had made a similar request to Malik when they met in Thimphuon on the sidelines of the SAARC Interior Ministers meeting in July. Pakistan had arrested seven suspects in connection with the Mumbai attack case.
Pakistani officials had earlier in November revealed the details of training given to the 26/11 Mumbai attackers. They admitted in an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi that the key accused including Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi got training at Lashkar-e-Toiba camps in Karachi, Mansehra and Muzaffarabad. But Lakhvi's counsel has dismissed their testimony as fabricated. Lawyers defending the seven accused Pakistanis questioned whether prosecutors have hard evidence that the attackers trained in camps in Sindh and other locations.