No real investigation in Pak in 26/11 case, says Pillai

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New Delhi, Jan 16 (PTI) India has expressed its"disappointment" over Pakistan''s delay in bringing theperpetrators of Mumbai terror attack to justice, saying "realinvestigation" has not taken place in that country.

Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai said the prosecutionattempt in Pakistan to bring the 26/11 guilty to justice "hasnot moved an inch" and India''s request for providing the voicesamples of the handlers of the attackers has fallen on deafears.

When Home Minister P Chidambaram asked for actionagainst the 26/11 perpetrators and voice samples of handlersof the attackers during his Islamabad visit last year, hisPakistani counterpart Rehman Malik told him that "you wouldnot be disappointed by our response".

But, Pillai said that "seven months down the line,there is no Pakistani response. We are disappointed."

No key person, who was actually involved in the 2008Mumbai terror strikes or giving directions to the attackers,has been arrested. Only second or third-level conspiratorswere put behind the bars.

"That is not the real investigation.

"From the steps so far taken by Pakistan, we would saywe are quite pessimistic because when the Home Minister was inIslamabad, the interior Minister actually told him that hewould respond," he said.

Indian investigators have transcripts of the recordedconversations between the terrorists at each of the sites ofthe attacks and their handlers based in Pakistan.

India has given the names, photographs and addressesof the handlers and Pakistan just need to check out theirvoices.

"If they give voice samples to us and if these matchwith what we have, then we would know that this guy wassitting in Pakistan and directing the operations in Mumbai.

"You don''t need any further proof," Pillai said.

On the eve of the second anniversary of the Mumbaiterror attacks in November last year, India had conveyed toPakistan that "substantive and verifiable" progress has notbeen made in the probe into Mumbai attacks case in thatcountry.

Asking Islamabad to fulfill its "obligation andcommitment" to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11carnage, India had regretted that no feedback has beenreceived on several issues raised by New Delhi.

This included voice samples of Pakistan-based"handlers" of the 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai andinformation about seven persons involved in the attacks whosenames were given by Chidambaram during his meeting with Malikin June in Islamabad.

The names of seven "handlers" involved in terrorattacks included that of two officers in the Pakistani Army.

New Delhi had also conveyed to Islamabad that it wantsto send a commission to Pakistan to question jailed LeTterrorists, including Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, and to get voicesamples of the masterminds who were present in the controlroom directing the attackers.

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