NEW DELHI - India has rejected Sept 11 date proposed by Pakistan for the visit of its Judicial Commission to record statements of witnesses and concerned officials into Mumbai attack. The Indian rejection is a sign that all may not be well between the two countries ahead of the proposed meeting between Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif in New York. On his way back from G-20 summit on Saturday, Singh had hinted talks with his counterpart on the sidelines of UN General Assembly would hinge on Pak progress in bringing the 26/11 perpetrators to book.
The Pakistani Commission is to cross-examine the witnesses in the Mumbai attack case. But New Delhi has conveyed to Islamabad that the proposed date is not suitable as witnesses will be unavailable due to Ganesh Chaturthi, according to an Indian newspaper report.
While that was the reason officially conveyed to Islamabad, it has been learnt that New Delhi was not pleased with Pakistan for calling off the September 4 visit at the last moment citing “technical and procedural reasons”. Now, both countries will have to look at a fresh, “mutually convenient” date.