Pakistan on Thursday demanded more evidence from India on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks trial in which Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) military operations commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi and six others are accused.
Pakistan demanded more evidence from India on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in order to bring the case to its “logical end”.
Foreign office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said at a press conference, “Our foreign secretary has written to India’s foreign secretary to provide more evidence so that Mumbai case trial is completed. The response from the Indian side is still awaited.”
Seven militants, including 26/11 mastermind Lakhvi were arrested by Pakistan for their role in the 2008 attack that killed 166 people. They were arrested for abetment to murder, attempted murder, planning and executing the attack. Lakhvi is living at an undisclosed location after he got released from jail on bail a year ago. The other six suspects are in Adiala Jail Rawalpindi. The case has been going on in the country for more than six years.
India has been urging Pakistan to complete the trial at the earliest. It has said that enough evidence has been shared with Islamabad to prosecute the accused. However, Pakistani officials say India has not provided enough evidence needed to successfully complete the trial.
Mr. Zakaria said dialogue was the only option to resolve all outstanding issues with India.
“It has been said many times earlier that peace talks is the only way forward for relations between Pakistan and India,” he said.
India has been appealing to Pakistan for the past six years to bring the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks to justice but Pakistan has always claimed that the evidence provided by India is not sufficient.