Islamabad:India will not get 26/11 mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi’s voice sample despite Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif agreeing to cooperate on terror. The statement was made by Lakhvi’s lawyer to Hindustan Times one day afterthe agreement in Ufa. “My client has refused in the past and will refuse again,” Rizwan Abbasi said over phone from Islamabad on Saturday. “According to our law, the accused have to give their consent,” he added. He also said that the tape will not be forced out of him under any circumstances.
India is of the firm view that it can nail Lakhvi with a voice sample. A Pakistani anti-terror court granted bail to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist in December for “lack of evidence”, six years after his arrest.But, graphic accounts of his exact role were detailed not only by 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab but also Pakistani-American conspirator David Coleman Headley and India-born Abu Jundal, who was present in a Karachi control room with Lakhvi as the two were part of a team that directed 10 terrorists through the three days Mumbai was under siege.The court had rejected the prosecution’s plea for voice samples saying the country’s laws required the accused’s permission and had also thrown out a CD containing conversations between the handlers and the terrorists.
The only way India may get Lakhvi’s voice sample is if Pakistan amends its laws and that option will be explored when the national security advisers of the two countries meet, officials said.