New Delhi: Pakistan’s foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar has requested India to have “patience, trust and confidence” in the judicial process underway in Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2006 Mumbai attacks, her Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna said.
In a suo moto statement in parliament on the 27 July India-Pakistan foreign minister level talks, Krishna said Khar told him that Pakistan was not trying to ‘abdicate responsibility.’
The subject is one of the sources of tension between the two neighbours with India repeatedly expressing concern over the slow pace of the trial of seven suspects in custody.
On its part, India conveyed its desire for “to work with Pakistan to reduce the trust deficit and move forward in a friendly manner.” India also asked Pakistan to probe links with “some elements in the Pakistani security agencies” that had emerged from the evidence presented in the trial of Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana, one of two men arrested in the US for allegedly facilitating the Mumbai attacks.
In June, Rana was found guilty of providing material support to the Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Toiba that India blames for carrying out the Mumbai attacks.