Pak panel on 26/11 again puts off Mumbai visit
NEW DELHI: In what would cause further delay in the ongoing trial of the 26/11 case in Pakistan, a judicial commission from that country which was to visit India in connection with the Mumbai terror attack case probe, failed to arrive on its scheduled visit to Mumbai on Thursday.
"Islamabad conveyed to New Delhi through diplomatic channels that the commission would not be able to come to India on its planned visit," a home ministry official said.
Though no reason was given for the cancellation of the trip, sources here said it could be due to a special hearing in the case on February 4 at a Rawalpindi court where the trial is going on.
Pakistan has not suggested any fresh date for the visit of the commission. India had earlier conveyed that the commission could come anytime between February 1 and 10.
The commission is supposed to take statements of officers linked to the 26/11 probe, including additional chief metropolitan magistrate R V Sawant Waghule and investigating officer Ramesh Mahale, and also the doctors who carried out the post mortem of the terrorists killed during the attack.
The visit has been pending for close to two years, being delayed due to one reason or the other. Pakistan had finally agreed to send its judicial panel to India during the home secretary-level talks between the two countries here in March last year.