The dossier and details of the proposed commission were handed over to the Indian Deputy High Commissioner Rahul Kulshreshth by Director-General (South Asia) Afrasiab.
With the Mumbai terror attacks case – being heard in an anti-terror court in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail – making no progress as the testimony of the lone accused nabbed alive in the attack, Ajmal Kasab, is not admissible here, Pakistan had suggested that a commission be set up to visit India to record the statements of the key witnesses.
Though Islamabad has been talking about setting up such a commission under Chapter XL of Pakistan’s Code of Criminal Procedure, it gathered steam after India rejected a request from Islamabad to send Kasab and other key witnesses to Pakistan for testifying in the trial court here.
Earlier this week, India-bound U. S. President Barack Obama had urged Pakistan to expedite the Mumbai case trial. Responding to this, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit had said: “Pakistan is committed to bring the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack to justice. Nevertheless, we need India’s assistance and cooperation for a successful completion of the trial. At our end, we are sparing no effort.’’