Expeditious 26/11 trial in Pak will bridge trust deficit: Govt

India on Tuesday said an expeditious and successful conclusion of probe and trial of those involved in the Mumbai terror attacks case in Pakistan would help bridge the trust deficit between the two neighbours.

“In order to take up the issue of terrorism strongly with Pakistan, >the Government has conveyed to the Pakistan leadership, at the meeting between the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister of Pakistan on May 27 in New Delhi, that Pakistan must abide by its commitment that it will not allow its territory and territory under its control to be used for aiding and abetting of terrorist activities against India and for providing sanctuaries to such terrorist groups.

“It has also been conveyed to Pakistan that an expeditious and successful conclusion of the investigation and trial relating to those involved in the Mumbai attacks would be a major confidence building measure and would help bridge the trust deficit,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

Rijiju said a total of 43 attempts of infiltration along the Indo—Pakistan border have taken place till May this year.

He added that 277 such attempts were made during 2013 while in 2012, they were 264.

He also said that till July 11 this year, a total of 42 incidents of ceasefire violation have taken place along the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir.

“As per report, no security personnel or civilian was injured or martyred during these ceasefire violations. India has repeatedly emphasised, including at the highest level, the need for Pakistan to uphold the sanctity of the Line of Control and abide by its ceasefire commitment of 2003 along the International Border and Line of Control,” he said.

He also denied there was any proposal to “demilitarise” the Indo—Pak border.

“However, under the Simla Agreement of 1972, India is committed to resolve all outstanding issues with Pakistan including the issue of Pakistan’s forcible and illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir through a peaceful bilateral dialogue,” he said.

In reply to a separate question on the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, the Minister said a total of four people have been killed and 23 injured till July 8.

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