India sees 'a little movement' in Pak's 26/11 case

Salman Khurshid

India today said presenting of evidence by Pakistani authorities on the Mumbai attacks to a court there was "a little movement as far as the accountability" of the 26/11 strikes was concerned, but felt it still "may not be the best time" for a Prime Ministerial visit.

Responding to questions on Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik's visit to India for talks and New Delhi's expectations from it, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said India should go with "an open mind and a reasonable determination to push things in a direction we want them to go".

But, he added, there should not be "great expectations" given the "constraints and limitations" in the relationship.

"We have seen a little movement as far as the accountability of Mumbai attacks 2008 is concerned. We have reports that evidence given in the court in the trial is indicative of some transparency and acceptance of what happened.

"And now how they will describe it as non-state actors or state actors but there is certainly more information which is coming through official channels," Khurshid, who is on his first bilateral visit to Myanmar after assuming office, said.

India has urged Pakistan to "fast track" the trial and there is some indication that it may happen, he said.

"We have a wish list with them... it is in parallel that we continue to look at advancement of dialogue and confidence- building measures."

His comments came days after Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency presented evidence on 26/11 Mumbai attacks to a Rawalpindi-based anti-terror court.

Photographs of Lashkar-e-Toiba training camps in Sindh and motorboats used by the 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai were among evidence presented to the court conducting the trial of LeT's operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other Pakistanis charged with involvement in the 2008 strikes.

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