New Delhi: Pakistan has asked India to allow its judicial commission to visit Mumbai again for cross examination of witnesses of 26/11 case for gathering evidence against seven accused, including Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

The communication from Islamabad to New Delhi came weeks after a ruling of a Pakistani court on the 26/11 case which said that evidence collected by the commission during its first visit to India in March had no "evidential value" to punish those involved in the Mumbai terror attack.

Pakistan conveyed to India that it was necessary to take forward the case in the Rawalpindi court and hence the commission should be allowed to visit India again for cross examination of a metropolitan magistrate, a police officer and two doctors, who conducted the autopsies on the nine killed terrorists involved in the attacks.

"We are examining the requests. When a decision is taken we will inform Pakistan," a Home Ministry official said.

Last month, Union Home Secretary R K Singh said India believed that the evidence collected by the commission had evidential value.

Islamabad also sent a copy of the ruling of the court. New Delhi will get it examined by legal experts before taking any decision on the request, the official said.

The eight-member Pakistani judicial commission, which included prosecutors and defence lawyers, visited Mumbai in March. Though they were allowed to interview the magistrate, the police officer and two doctors, the panel was not allowed to cross examine them in line with an agreement between New Delhi and Islamabad.

Rawalpindi-based anti-terrorism court of Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman said in an order that all the proceedings and the report of the commission that visited Mumbai in March were "illegal".

The lawyers defending Lakhvi and six other accused – all of them are in judicial custody -- had opposed the commission's report, saying it had "no legal value" as the panel was not allowed to cross-examine the witnesses during its visit to Mumbai.

However, Indian officials said that cross-examination of the witnesses was not allowed following an agreement between New Delhi and Islamabad.

The November 26, 2008 Mumbai carnage by 10 Pakistani terrorists had left 166 people dead. Nine of the terrorists were killed by the security forces while the remaining one, Ajmal Kasab, was nabbed and is lodged in a Mumbai jail.

(Agencies)

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