Pakistan expects India to put more evidence on Mumbai attack

Islamabad wants to see more concrete evidence to expedite trial of 2008 Mumbai attack for which New Delhi convicts one Pakistani national who released by Pakistani court in April

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought up the issue of 2008 Mumbai attack trial during a Friday meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Russia, Pakistan's security officials announced on Monday.

"Nawaz conveyed to Modi that more evidence and information were needed to expedite the Mumbai trial," Pakistan's security advisor Sartaj Aziz told reporters on Monday.

Aziz said both leaders had made some constructive talks on the issue as well as other surrounding issues between Islamabad and New Delhi, such as the border problems and militant insurgency in Russia, where their official attendance to the SCO was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday.

India and Pakistan have long been confronting on the issue since New Delhi convicted Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, a Pakistani national, for the fatal attacks in Mumbai which killed more than 200 people.

Lakhvi is known as a commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant organisation in Pakistan that allegedly carried out a series of 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting for four days across Mumbai in 2008.

During the attacks, 10 gunmen infiltrated into Mumbai by boat and spent three days spraying bullets and throwing grenades around the city landmarks.

The attacks had hit India's financial capital and seriously strained ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours which had already been at odds due to the decades old Kashmir problem.

"Pakistan has stood by Kashmiris in their legitimate struggle...We would continue to extend political, moral, and diplomatic support to our Kashmiri brethren," Aziz said on Monday.

Aziz’ comments on Kashmir also sparked outcry in the nationalist Indian press which has been blaming Pakistan for releasing Lakhvi and being behind the Mumbai attack by allowing cross-border militant to infiltrate into Kashmir.

The parties continue the peace process considering the border problems and the Kashmir issue for a long time, but the talks were frequently interrupted due to the lack of a common understanding and sporadic cross-border terror attacks in both sides of the disputed borders.

The relations between India, Pakistan and China have developed through the border problems as of the partition of British India in 1947 as well as China’s invasion of Tibet to suppress the Tibetan uprising against the communist rule in 1959.

Since the 1962 Sino-Indian War erupted due to the Tibet problem, China has become Pakistan’s cordial ally, a relation was once labeled as “time-tested friendship” by both Chinese and Pakistani leadership.

China has long been backing Pakistan against India since then at the UN Security Council by using its veto power derived from its permanent membership status.

India voiced up against China as Beijing blocked an Indian move last month in the UN Security Council to act against Pakistan considering the release of Lakhvi by a court in Islamabad in April.

Lakhvi was arrested in Pakistan in 2009 in connection with the attack, but he was granted bail by an Anti Terrorism Court in Islamabad on Dec. 18, two days after a militant attack targeted a high school in the city of Peshawar and killed 132 children.

The fact that he was granted bail just two days after the attack, for which many are still in mourning, forced the government to detain Lakhvi under "Maintenance of Public Order" legislation.



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