After Pakistan sent a judicial team to India to examine evidence in the November 2008 terror strikes trial, the Indian home secretary is now seeking to send a team to Pakistan to examine the evidence collected by their federal investigating agency.
According to a CNN-IBN report, the home secretary has written to the foreign secretary asking to inform his counterpart across the border about the plan to send an investigating team from Indian federal investigating agency National Investigation Agency.
The NIA team would like to examine the evidence collected by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), including items seized from Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) training camps and a vessel used to transport the gunmen involved in the attacks into Indian waters.
India also reportedly wants to have access to five prosecution witness who testified on training of terrorists during the ongoing trial in Pakistan.
LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other suspects have been charged with planning, financing and facilitating the attacks that killed 166 people.
Their trial in Pakistan has been virtually stalled for over a year due to various technical reasons.
The trial is being conducted behind closed doors at Adiala Jail in Rawalpidni for security reasons. Pakistani authorities recently increased security at the prison after intelligence agencies reported that the Taliban could attack it to free militants being held there.
Only one gunman involved in the 2008 terror strikes, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, has been nabbed and is presently on death row in India. Kasab has filed a mercy plea with the President of India but has not been given a reply yet.