ISLAMABAD: Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz said Monday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during their meeting in Ufa, Russia that more information is required to conclude the Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi trial — the alleged mastermind 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
Speaking to media representatives in the federal capital, Sartaj said that the reference to ‘additional information’ is a recognition of the need for information which is required in order to expedite the trial.
Lakhvi was released from Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail in April this year, after a court ordered dismissal of detention orders issued against him by the Okara DCO on March 14.
India condemned Lakhvi’s release deeming it an “insult” to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai attack. Lakhvi is among the seven persons charged with planning and helping carry out the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
At the time of the attacks, Lakhvi was believed to be the operational head of the banned Laskhar-i-Taiba (LT) that has been accused by India of carrying out the attacks in India’s financial capital.
During the meeting with Modi, Sartaj said, Nawaz also sought information on the progress made on the Samjhota Express trial.
“July 10, 2015 was a very important day in the diplomatic history of Pakistan,” said the adviser.
Aziz said SCO took a unanimous formal decision to admit Pakistan (and India) into the organisation.
“The process has been launched and after formalities are completed like ratification of SCO documents, Pakistan will become a full fledged member of the SCO.”
He said the organisation can play an important role in shaping a conducive regional environment that would bring peace and prosperity to all SCO members.
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