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26/11 attacks trial is test of Pakistan’s sincerity, says India

PTI
Published Jan 28, 2016, 6:18 pm IST
Updated Jan 28, 2016, 9:21 pm IST
No dates fixed for Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks, says MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
India and Pakistan are yet to agree upon a "mutually convenient" date for Foreign Secretary-level talks (Photo: PTI)
 India and Pakistan are yet to agree upon a "mutually convenient" date for Foreign Secretary-level talks (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: India and Pakistan have not been able to agree upon a "mutually convenient" date for Foreign Secretary-level talks so far even as New Delhi today asserted that Mumbai attack case trial was a "test" of Pakistan's sincerity in combating terrorism directed against the country.

"As of now, we don't have a mutually convenient date," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

 

He was asked about the status of Indo-Pak Foreign Secretaries-level talks and reported remarks of Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit during an interview here on the possibility of the parleys in the first week of February.

On the progress of probe by Pakistan in Pathankot terror strike, he said the two governments were in "continuous communication" regarding the matter but refused to give any further details.

He also added that while it was decided that the issues pertaining to terrorism would be handled by NSAs of the two countries but it was obvious that when the foreign secretaries will meet, the Pathankot attack would be raised by India.

 

Read: Pak court refuses voice samples of suspects in 26/11 case

Noting that it has seen media reports about the Pakistan High court dismissing government's petition seeking voice samples of 26/11 mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Swarup said but India has not received any word on this through official channels.

"We see Mumbai terror attack trial in Islamabad as a test of Pakistan's sincerity in combating terrorism directed against India. The planning, training and financing of the Mumbai terrorist attack was done in Pakistan where 99 per cent of the evidence is.

 

Read: 26/11 case: Witnesses fail to appear before Pak court

"It is Pakistan's responsibility to unearth and present the requisite evidences in the ongoing trial so that the perpetrators are brought to justice," the Spokesperson said.

Pakistani government had filed an application in the Islamabad High Court seeking voice samples of the suspects to compare it with the communication intercepted by Indian intelligence and then present it before the anti-terrorism court (ATC) as evidence in the Mumbai attack case but the petition was dismissed by the Court on Monday.

 

India will raise with Pakistanthe issue of a balloon coming from that country which was shot down by an IAF fighter aircraft over Rajasthan, External Affairs Ministry said.

"The Defence Ministry has written to the MEA and we will raise it (the issue) with Pakistan, the ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said here.

On January 26, a US-made helium-filled balloon was shot down by a Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft over Rajasthan with top government sources maintaining that it had come from Pakistan and could have been an attempt to gauge India's response time.

 

The shiny 3 metres in diametre balloon, with "Happy Birthday" written on it, was flying at a height of about 25,000 feet in Jaisalmer district when it was picked up by the air force radars which were on high alert in view of Republic Day celebrations.

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