NEW DELHI : India has cleared the visit of a Pakistani judicial commission for cross-examining four witnesses, including a magistrate, in Mumbai in the 26/11 terror attack on September 4, to fulfill the requirement of a Rawalpindi court holding trial of the masterminds arrested in Pakistan for the attack.

The commission’s visit is significant as providing a fig leaf for the meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with his counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session on September 29, a day after Dr Singh addresses the UN. India has made it clear that progress in the 26/11 trial will be a milestone for resumption of the formal dialogue.

Four witnesses to be examined by the commission are Metropolitan Magistrate Rama Vijay Sawant-Waghule, who recorded the confessional statement of the hanged culprit Ajmal Qasam, chief investigating officer Ramesh Mahale and two doctors from the government-run JJ and Nair Hospitals who had conducted autopsies of the nine other terrorists gunned down by police.

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