NEW DELHI — Pakistan has agreed to host Indian investigators looking into the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks blamed on Pakistan-based militants, the two countries announced yesterday after talks aimed at building trust between the sides.
The agreement in principal was seen a breakthrough after more than two years of impasse over the investigation. India had frozen discussions with Pakistan after the attack and accused Islamabad of not doing enough to crack down on militants, which Pakistan denied.
The agreement was reached between the home secretaries of the rival nations after two days of talks in the Indian capital.
No details were given about the level of access India would have in probing the attacks, in which 10 militants from Pakistan laid siege to India’s financial capital in November 2008, killing 166 people.
Pakistani Interior Secretary Qamar uz Zaman and Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai “reiterated their commitment to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,’’ and agreed to set up a hotline to share information on terrorist threats, the statement said.
India also shared information on its continuing investigation into the deadly 2007 bombing of a train between New Delhi and Lahore. The attack, blamed on Hindu nationalists, left 68 people dead, most of them Pakistani civilians.