NEW DELHI – India summoned a top Pakistani diplomat on Friday, two days after announcing resumption of foreign secretary-level talks, to voice ‘unhappiness’ over ‘repeated delays’ in the trial of seven men, accused in the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks.
“We asked them to ensure a mechanism whereby Indian diplomats in their country get regular briefings about the Mumbai terror trial and related investigations,” an official of the External Affairs Ministry told AFP.
The trial, which began in 2012 and is being conducted by the Anti-Terrorism Court, was adjourned for the seventh time on Wednesday, according to the Press Trust of India news service. India blames the three-day rampage in November 2008 on the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
The attacks killed 166 people and strained further relations between Pakistan and India. "Pakistan's deputy high commissioner in New Delhi was summoned to the foreign ministry,” said the official, who asked not to be identified. In Islamabad, India’s deputy high commissioner lodged a similar protest at the Foreign Office, the official also said.
The last hearing in the case as well as the one slated for late June could not be held because the judge was on leave, the Press Trust of India reported. Trial proceedings have also been delayed by absence of prosecution lawyers amid security worries. The seven suspects have been charged with planning and financing the attacks on India's financial capital.