NEW YORK: With the stage set for a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh here, India has said it will ask its neighbour to fix the accountability for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack that left 166 people dead.
“The work that we have done on this meeting (between Singh and Sharif) includes conveying the expectation of some signal, addressing our concerns, which essentially are accountability for 26/11, people who are involved in planning and executing, who happen to be either in the custody of Pakistan or on their soil. We are looking for accountability,” External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters here.
He, however, voiced caution and said the meeting between the two Prime Ministers should not be expected to address all issues and concerns.
“For us to expect that we will get complete satisfaction in one meeting obviously would be too much to expect but we are expecting, hoping and really we deserve movement on issues that are of great importance both to the government and people of our country,” Khurshid said Wednesday.
Khurshid said India has facilitated the visit of an eight-member Pakistani judicial commission which will cross examine Indian witnesses and it expects that the evidence collected would now be admissible in Pakistani courts.
He also described as a “good signal” the decision by Pakistan to appoint a new prosecutor to replace late Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali of the Federal Investigation Agency who was assassinated by militants in Islamabad in May.
“We hope that this will be an appropriate impetus for the matter to proceed with expedition because it is very important,” he said.