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Congress welcomes India-Pakistan agreement


New Delhi : The Congress Tuesday welcomed the India-Pakistan agreement on sending teams to speed up the trial in the Mumbai 2008 terror attacks and expressed hope that this would help bring justice to the victims of the carnage.

The agreement was reached at the talks between the home secretaries of the two countries here Tuesday.

“We hope that the (Pakistani) judicial commission will definitely help in solving the 26/11 case and those behind the dastardly attacks would be brought to justice,” Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said here during an interaction with the media.

He also expressed the hope that Pakistan would extend cooperation to the Indian team with regard to the investigations into the Mumbai attacks.

After the talks between India’s Home Secretary G.K. Pillai and his Pakistani counterpart Qamar Zaman, the two sides had issued a joint statement in which they said the teams from the two countries would visit each other and take forward the process of bringing the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks to justice.

Pakistan, which had been reluctant in allowing access to the 26/11 accused for Indian investigators, expressed its readiness during the meeting.

“The Pakistan side provided updates on the ongoing trial and investigation in Pakistan on the Mumbai terror attacks. Pakistan conveyed its readiness, in-principle, based upon the principle of comity and reciprocity, to entertain a commission from India with respect to Mumbai terror attack investigations,” the joint statement said.