PM meets Zardari, pushes for quick conclusion of 26/11 trial

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PM meets Zardari, pushes for quick conclusion of 26/11 trial
Clean Media Correspondent


Tehran , August 30 (CMC) Pushing Pakistan to act against India-directed terrorism, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday told President Asif Ali Zardari that expeditious conclusion
of the Mumbai terror attack trial in that country will be a “major” Confidence Building Measure in bilateral relations. During a meeting between the two leaders which lasted more than half-an-hour, Singh underlined India’s terrorism-related concerns.
The Prime Minister “underlined our terrorism-related concerns. He pressed for an expeditious conclusion in 26/11 trial and said action take in this sphere (terrorism) would be a major CBM,” Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said briefing reporters on the Singh-Zardari meeting on the sidelines of the
16th NAM summit here.
Singh was accompanied by External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and other senior officials while Zardari had his son Bilawal Bhutto, Foreign Affairs Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Interior Minister Rehman Malik in his team.
Singh told Zardari that action in Mumbai attack trial in Pakistan will be a major CBM, help in bridging the trust deficit and build public support for the kind of relationship India would like to see between the two nations.

Zardari reiterated his invitation to Prime Minister to visit Pakistan and Singh responded thanking him for the gracious invitation. “The Prime Minister said he attached great importance to normalising relations with Pakistan and that he would like to visit that country at a suitable time that is to say, he would
like a well prepared visit,” Mathai said.

Reiterating India’s desire for peaceful cooperative relations with Pakistan, Prime Minister Singh said there is a need to proceed in a “step-by-step, graduated” approach given the complexity of bilateral relationship it has with that country.

Mathai said Zardari reiterated his country’s commitment to bring to justice those involved in the 2008 Mumbai attack. The President agreed that terrorism posed a continuing threat to peace and security and referred in this regard to some of the difficulties faced in his own country, he said.

The meeting came a day after the Indian Supreme Court upheld LeT terrorist Ajmal Kasab’s death sentence in the Mumbai terror attack case, strengthening India’s case for action against others involved in the 26/11 strike in which 166 people were killed