Union home minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said that “in-principle” approval has been given to a Pakistani investigating team to visit India to study evidence on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
At the same time, he said India had also sent a similar request for letting an Indian team visit Pakistan to question suspects in the case there.
More than two years after the attacks, such requests by Islamabad are nothing more than delaying tactics to make India forget the worst episode of terrorism in its history. It won’t work.
The home minister, however, has done well to make a similar request. It will be interesting to see what the Pakistani authorities have to say. It would not be surprising if nothing materializes. Indian requests for voice samples of suspects have been denied before. This way the two countries can never get past their mutual suspicions.