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Pakistan asks India for more evidence on 26/11 trial, says no dialogue possible without Kashmir on agenda

Pakistan asks India for more evidence on 26/11 trial, says no dialogue possible without Kashmir on agenda

Aziz also made it clear that the meeting between the two leaders was informal and none of the agreements were binding.

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Islamabad: After giving an assurance to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to expedite 26/11 Mumbai terror attack trial, Pakistan on Monday said that it needs more evidence from India on the 2008 Mumbai attack trial.

Addressing a press conference on the meeting between the two Prime Ministers along the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Ufa, Russia, Pakistan National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz said, "We need more evidence on Mumbai attack trial."

The remarks came just a day after the prosecution team chief said the Pakistan government will not file a fresh petition in court seeking 26/11 terror attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi's voice sample.

Firm on its demand to have Kashmir on agenda to initiate a dialogue between the two countries, Aziz said, "No discussion will take place with India if Kashmir will not be discussed. We will stay firm on all our primary issues."

Aziz also made it clear that the meeting between the two leaders was informal and none of the agreements were binding.

Aziz said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also requested for more information in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case in which over 60 people were killed.

Hitting out at Pakistan, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said, "Pakistan attitude shows that they are trying to fool us. It raises question why they are refusing to take audio samples of Lakhvi. According to the new law, which was introduced in 2013 in Pakistan, it permits to take voice samples of terrorists. Now what is the problem? It simply indicates that they don’t want to take voice sample of Lakhvi."

Meanwhile, Pakistan High Commissioner will host an Iftar Party for Hurriyat leaders on Eid day.

On Sunday, Lakhvi's lawyer Rizwan Abbasi too said his client cannot be forced to give a voice sample. "There is no as such law in Pakistan which can force anyone to submit voice sample. If my client wishes he will not submit sample of voice," said Abbasi.

"If the government files a fresh petition in the trial court requesting for obtaining voice sample of Lakhvi, we will reply it legally in court," he added.

Pakistan had granted bail to Lakhvi in December 2014 over lack of evidence.

Lakhvi and six others - Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum - have been charged with planning and executing the Mumbai attack in November, 2008 that left 166 people dead.

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