Mumbai attacks probe: Pakistani investigators not to get access to Kasab

The delegation allowed to speak to police surgeon, magistrate who recorded the confession and the chief investigator.


Web Desk January 23, 2012

MUMBAI: Pakistani investigators due to visit India next month to probe the 2008 Mumbai attacks will not be allowed to interrogate Ajmal Kasab, The Associated Press news agency reported on Monday.

Disagreements over access to the lone surviving gunman, who has been sentenced to death in India for his role in the rampage that killed 166, have spilled into public view.

Interior minister Rehman Malik told India’s NDTV last week that Pakistani officials would like to speak with Kasab directly to verify his confession. “It can be verified either by bringing Kasab to Pakistan or the judicial commission goes and personally interviews witnesses, including Kasab,” he said. “That’s what we have requested.”

But on Monday, Ira Joshi, a spokeswoman for India's Ministry of Home Affairs, said that such access was not part of the memorandum of understanding governing the visit.

In his confession before the court — which he later tried to retract — Kasab described in detail a network of training camps and safe houses across Pakistan, revealing the names of four men he said were his handlers.

The Pakistani delegation will visit Mumbai in the first week of February and speak to doctors who conducted post-mortems on the nine gunmen killed during the attack, as well as to the magistrate who recorded Kasab’s confession and the chief investigating officer of the attacks, an official at Mumbai’s high court said on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the visit.

COMMENTS (25)

Aarvey,india | 9 years ago | Reply

@Maoist: if 26/11 you say is an overstated drama then , the mistaken killing of 24 of your soldiers by NATO is also an overstated drama, ditto for Abbotabad and mehran. Why make a mountain out of a molehill?

Omar Haroon | 9 years ago | Reply

If Ajmal is in Indian hands then what does India have to lose by letting the Pakistanis interrogate him? Frankly, I think it would do a world of good for the Pakistanis (and perhaps the Indians) if Ajmal, assuming he is guilty, blatantly makes it clear to the Paki delegation what his exact role was in the whole affair and who was behind it.

By not trusting the Pakistani delegation, you're admitting that you have zero trust in them which, given the past relations, is understandable to a certain degree. However, that defeats the purpose of holding an investigation in the first place. Allowing the probe to continue without any restrictions will at least present certain "facts" while putting Pakistan in a corner, forcing it to do more from it's end.

I'm also curious as to why India chose to not allow access to Kasab. They might have had a very valid reason for doing so but it would helped build explain their decision better if they had revealed it.

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