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Shinde pats Pak over 26/11 probe

New Delhi, Nov. 10: Sushil Kumar Shinde today said Pakistan had taken forward its probe against Mumbai attacks accused, which had brought about a thaw in bilateral ties.

At his monthly news conference, the Union home minister said Islamabad had not only ordered “day to day hearings” of the 26/11 cases, it had also decided to match Hafiz Saeed’s voice samples with excerpts from his public speeches to get evidence of his complicity in the Mumbai attacks.

India insists it has evidence of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief’s direct involvement in the 2008 attacks.

Shinde said Pakistan’s taking action on the 26/11 cases justified his inviting counterpart Rehman Malik to visit India, tentatively on November 22-23. The trip has, however, not been finalised as Parliament’s winter session starts on November 22.

“Both of us have invited each other. He is a minister, so it will be a ministerial visit,” Shinde said.

Asked if his invite diluted predecessor P. Chidambaram’s stand that Malik would be allowed a visit only if Saeed’s voice samples were provided, Shinde said there could be progress on that front.

Sources said India had suggested that Pakistan could match Saeed’s voice samples with those from his speeches.