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Pak envoy summoned over 26/11

New Delhi, July 25: India today summoned Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner to register its protest against a seventh successive court adjournment in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks trial.

The protest, which included a note handed over by India’s deputy high commissioner in Islamabad to Pakistan’s foreign office, came two days after the nations announced resumption of foreign secretary-level talks.

The Islamabad anti-terror court handling the case adjourned a hearing slated for last Wednesday, around the time Indian foreign secretary Sujatha Singh and Pakistan counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary spoke on the phone and decided to meet on August 25 in Islamabad. Singh, officials said, was unaware of the adjournment at the time of the call.

Pakistan responded to India’s protest by arguing that the terror trial was a part of a legal process that the government had no role in.

India has repeatedly told Pakistan that it seeks a swift trial as a critical confidence-building measure for the neighbours to engage in substantive talks. But Pakistan, while assuring India of a prompt trial, has repeatedly dismissed evidence provided by Delhi as inadequate.