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Pakistan asks India to provide more evidence in 26/11 case

Pakistan on Thursday said it had asked India to provide “more evidence” for the early completion of the Mumbai attack trial in which LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and six others are accused.

“Our Foreign Secretary has written to India’s Foreign Secretary to provide more evidence so that the Mumbai case trial is completed. The response from the Indian side is still awaited,” Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said at a press briefing.

Mr. Zakaria, however, did not elaborate when exactly the letter was written.

Pakistan arrested seven Lashkar-e-Taiba-linked militants, including Lakhvi, for their role in the 2008 Mumbai attack in which 166 people were killed.

Lakhvi, Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum are accused of abetment to murder, attempted murder, planning and executing the Mumbai attack.

Lakhvi is living in an undisclosed location after he got released from jail on bail a year ago. The other six suspects are in Adiala Jail Rawalpindi.

The case has been going on in the country for more than six years.

Mr. Zakaria said dialogue was the only option to resolve all outstanding issues with India.

“It has been said many times earlier that peace talks is the only way forward for relations between Pakistan and India,” he said.

Asked about threats against Pakistani artists in India by extremists, he said there were many other people in India who welcome and support artists and promote people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

“Both India and Pakistan agree that atmospherics should be improved and people-to-people contacts always help,” he said.

Religious tourism was a part of such efforts and Pakistan was encouraging it, he said..

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