No indication from Pakistan on sending judicial commission: Chidambaram

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said there was no indication from Pakistan on sending its judicial commission for pursuing 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case.

“There is no indication from Pakistan if and when their team would be visiting India. The situation stands where it stood a few weeks ago,” he told journalists here.

He said Pakistan should also allow Indian team to visit their country. During the Home Secretary-level talks in March, India had agreed to host Pakistan's judicial commission to take statements of the magistrate, investigating officer and the doctor who had conducted the post-mortem of the terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

The commission also wants to interview the Indian officials in connection with the trial of seven Pakistani suspects currently in prisonin that country in connection with the case.

On implementing Jammu and Kashmir government's rehabilitation policy for militants who have crossed over to Pakistan occupied Kashmir, ,Mr. Chidambaram said there were “practical issues.”“The State government has identified a certain number of people who can be brought back to India under the rehabilitation scheme. But there are number of practical issues that have to be resolved.” A high level committee, which included representatives of the State government, Home Ministry and Army, scrutinised applications of militants who wanted to return to live a peaceful life. After verifying their antecedents, the committee cleared 28 names of nearly 700 applications received.

The Home Minister termed as “highly exaggerated” reports in a section of media suggesting that thousands of militants were waiting to cross the Line of Control and create disturbances in Jammu and Kashmir.

Giving details, Mr. Chidambaram said no incident of terror has taken place in the past six months in the hinterland and added there was much lower level of violence in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-eastern region.

“As far as the first six months of this year are concerned, in the hinterland, not in the border States, there has been no incident of terror.” In the North-East, Mr. Chidambaram said, there was much lower level of terror than in the corresponding period of last year — 286 incidents this year compared to 365 last year and 42 civilian were killed last year against 34 this year.

“In Jammu and Kashmir much lower level of violence was witnessed — 254 incidents last year compared to 168 this year. In Left Wing Extremism-hit areas 338 incidents were reported last year against the 203 this year,'' he said.

On Maoist violence in West Bengal, he said the level had come down significantly in the State and there were suggestions that peace talks could be held.

“The DGP of West Bengal told us that the level of violence has come down to nearly zero. And there are perhaps suggestions that some kind of talks can take place.” .

He said that it would not be totally correct to say that operations against the Maoists have completely stopped in West Bengal where Trinamool Congress has assumed office.

“ think intelligence based operations on a very selective basis are still taking place in West Bengal in affected areas and arms have been seized,” he added.

“As long as there is no violence, I think we should allow the new government to assess the situation and take a position.”

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