New Delhi: Even five years after the Mumbai attacks, the case in Pakistan is being dragged on without any result. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said that while he was dissatisfied with the pace of the trial, the new government in Pakistan has given assurances that trial will be sped up.
Salman Khurshid: No, we are not. We have said this to Pakistan and they have said to us that there have been some delays in the trail proceedings including cross examination of witnesses who are in Indian custody, we did permit that and that was done only recently and we were then told that they have satisfactory evidence to move forward. At least on two occasions in recent weeks we have been told that we can expect movement forward over the next couple of months. We expect that there is some kind of closure and conclusion.
CNN-IBN: Five years later Hafiz Saeed is free to propogate whatever he wants to against India inside Pakistan, the LeT stronger than ever, has India failed to convince Pakistan and the world of the importance of this case?
Salman Khurshid: I don't want to go into details that will be deterimental to our cause. We are reasonably satisfied that the world takes our cause seriously. There have been movement forward in the perception across the globe, particularly in the US about the serious concern we have.
CNN-IBN: Should Pakistan fast track the trial? Should there be a special court for the 26/11 trail in Pakistan?
Salman Khurshid: I don't want to advice them about their legal system but expecting that matters will conclude within a reasonable time period is not too much to ask. But having said that we do expect fresh beginning to be made by the new government. They've said the right things and given the right sort of signals.