Pakistanis visit India for investigation of Mumbai attacks


Pigeons fly outside the landmark Taj Mahal hotel - one of the sites of last year's terror attacks - in Mumbai on November 26, 2009.



Pakistani investigators are visiting India to collect evidence on the November 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, Dawn reported.

On November 26, 2008, a Pakistani assailant attacked several sites around Mumbai with gunfire and grenades, including the famed Victoria Terminus, today known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and Café Leopold. 

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The Indian Express reported that the visit by the Pakistanis is being conducted under tight security. The police told the paper the Pakistani "commission was an extremely sensitive and unprecedented diplomatic exercise, and necessary precautions were being taken to ensure the safety of its members."

The police source continued, "The officials from Pakistan will not visit any of the 26/11 attack sites as such it could pose a security threat. They will be taken to the Esplanade Court and back to their accommodation with a heavy police escort team." He continued, "they are not official state guests."

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India has refused to allow the Pakistanis to speak to the lone remaining gunman, Ajmal Kasab, The Express Tribune reported. The "first of its kind" visit is a rare high-level interaction between the two nuclear rival countries. Pakistani investigators indicted seven co-conspirators but said they needed to visit India for evidence before they could proceed in Pakistan

Kasab has been sentenced to death by an Indian court.