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Summons to Pak envoy over delay in 26/11 trial



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New Delhi: India on Friday lodged a strong diplomatic protest with Islamabad against the repeated adjournments of the ongoing 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks trial in Pakistan, just a month ahead of the Foreign Secretary-level talks between the two neighbouring countries, sources said.

In Delhi, the External Affairs Ministry summoned the Pakistani Deputy High Commissioner in the morning and lodged the protest, while the Indian Deputy High Commissioner conveyed the same at the Foreign Office in Islamabad, the sources said.

India has also told Pakistan to keep it informed on a regular basis the progress of the Mumbai terror attacks trial, the sources said, after an anti-terror court in that country trying seven accused in the case adjourned proceedings on Friday, for the seventh time in a row.

Some 10 Pakistani militants entered Mumbai through sea route in November 2008 and carried out the mayhem for over 70 hours, in which more than 170 people, including six foreign nationals, were killed and 300 injured.

Mohammed Ajmal Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist caught alive, was hanged in Pune in 2012, after a special court found him guilty of his crimes, including waging war against the state.

After India handed over seven dossiers, containing evidence against Pakistan-based terror outfits' involvement in the attacks, Islamabad arrested seven people for the massacre, including Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a top commander of banned terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

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