India was expecting a “positive” response from the US as early as May this year on its request to question Pakistani LeT operative Tahawwur Rana, who is in the custody of the US authorities.
Meanwhile, responding specifically to Rana’s claim that he was acting at the behest of the Pakistan government and the ISI, external affairs minister S.M. Krishna said, “Things will have to be verified. It is our hope and expectation that those responsible for the attacks have to be brought to justice. The US has publicly committed to that position.”
The minister said India can be expected to raise the matter of Rana’s revelations with Pakistan. “We are in constant touch with the Pakistan government through our diplomatic channels,” Mr Krishna said, without elaborating.
“While Headley had entered into a plea bargain agreement with the US authorities, Rana’s case is different and we hope to get access and question him soon,” a government official said, indicating that access to Rana could be sought under the mutual legal assistance treaty. Extradition could be sought, too, as he had not entered into a plea bargain agreement.
Home secretary G.K. Pillai reiterated that Rana’s disclosures, to be made to a Chicago court, on the role of Pakistan’s ISI in controlling the Mumbai attacks had “strengthened what we have been stating so far”. Asian Age