Justice has to be done by bringing to book 26/11 attackers:Rao

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New Delhi, Feb 4 (PTI) Hoping that India and Pakistancould come to a satisfactory conclusion about what isrequired for the 26/11 trial to go ahead, Foreign SecretaryNirupama Rao today said "justice has to be done" by bringingto book all those responsible for Mumbai terror strikes.

Rao made the comments after a nearly 20-minutes meetingwith Home Minister P Chidambaram here.

The Foreign Secretary, who is leaving for Thimphu for aSAARC meeting, will hold bilateral talks with her Pakistanicounterpart Salman Bashir on the margins on February 6-7.

Noting that 26/11 trial in Pakistan was "one of theissues under discussion between the two governments,particularly between the Interior Ministry of Pakistan and ourHome ministry", she said New Delhi and Islamabad have been incorrespondence about the exchange of evidence that is requiredfor the trial to go forward after the meeting of the ministersin last June.

"This is an ongoing effort. This is an ongoing exercise.

We hope that both the governments come to satisfactoryconclusion about what is required so that the trial could besatisfactorily concluded because justice has to be done," shesaid.

Although, Rao did not divulge the details of her meetingwith the Home Minister, issues such 26/11 trial progress inPakistan, India''s demand for voice samples of masterminds ofthe Mumbai attacks and recent developments in theinvestigations of Samjhauta Express blast are believed to havefigured in the discussions.

Commenting on her forthcoming meeting with Bashir, shesaid India will see how it can pick up the thread once again.

"We are going to meet after a certain interregnum, a fewmonths after last meeting. So, we will see how we can pick upthe thread once again. I am sure we will exchange ideas. Let''shope that we would be able to pick up convergence of views.

"Every such meeting is an attempt to build greatercomprehension of each other''s position and deeperunderstanding," the Foreign Secretary said.

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