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India presses Pak for 26/11 suspects’ voice samples

India has once again pressed Pakistan to provide it with voice samples of the Mumbai terror suspects, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba's Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, to nail them for their involvement in the November 2008 carnage.

The demand was reiterated by Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde when he met his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik at Bandos Island in the Maldives Tuesday on the sidelines of the eight-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation [SAARC] meet, according to Indian officials. The two leaders met over lunch. This was the first time they were talking after the telephonic conversation they had had on 19 Aug. This was following the exodus of Indians of northeastern origin from south Indian cities, reportedly caused by rumours spread over social networking sites by people based in Pakistan. 'The Indian home minister referred to the requests made by the home ministry, some of which remain pending with the Pakistani side since the last meeting between the home ministers of India and Pakistan,' a press statement issued here Wednesday said.

Among the Indian requests pending with Pakistan include action against Hafiz Saeed, who is suspected to be an architect of the Mumbai terror strike that claimed 164 lives. India had also asked for action against 50 of its most-wanted, including 1993 Mumbai bombings suspect Dawood Ibrahim, for which a dossier was given to Pakistan in 2011. 'Malik reiterated Pakistan's commitment to ensure that the trials in Pakistan with regard to the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai would be taken to their logical conclusion,' it said.

'In this regard, he [Malik] mentioned the need for India to receive a visit by the judicial commission of Pakistan. The Indian home minister assured his counterpart of an early response to this request,' it added.
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