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India hopeful of getting voice samples of 26/11 accused

Posted on Nov 11, 03:23PM | UNI

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today voiced the hope that when Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik visits India later this month, he carries the voice samples of 2008 Mumbai terror attack suspects with him.

India has been asking for voice samples of the accused who were instructing the 10 terrorists during the November 2008 attack.

Mr Shinde's predecessor P Chidambaram had made a similar request to Mr Malik when they met in Thimphu on the sidelines of the SAARC Interior Ministers meeting in July.

Pakistan had arrested seven suspects in connection with the Mumbai attack case.

A prosecution witness in August had told the Pakistani court conducting the trial of seven suspects that the voice of one of the accused had matched with that of a handler who directed the terrorists involved in the assault.

Deposing before anti-terrorism court Judge Shahid Rafique, Inspector Nisar Ahmed Jadoon of the Federal Investigation Agency had also provided details of raids conducted on Lashkar-e-Taiba camps in Karachi where the attackers had trained before the attacks in November 2008.

Jadoon had said that the voice of an accused had been matched with that of a handler who directed the 10 attackers in Mumbai from a camp in Pakistan.

Defence lawyer Khwaja Sultan, however, had questioned how the prosecution had matched the voice as the FIA did not have voice samples of the seven suspects.

Pakistani laws do not allow authorities to obtain voice samples without the permission of suspects.

The Pakistan Interior Minister has been contending that this is the reason why they have been unable to hand over voice samples of suspects sought by India.