| GEO World|
| FBI to visit Pakistan next month: foreign ministry|
| Updated at: 1903 PST, Thursday, February 26, 2009|
ISLAMABAD: The director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will lead a team visiting Pakistan on March 4 to help investigate the Mumbai attacks, the foreign ministry said Thursday.
New Delhi blamed the attacks, which killed 165 people last November, on the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the siege soured a five-year peace process between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.
"Headed by Robert Mueller, the team will arrive in Pakistan," foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit told a press briefing in Islamabad.
Indian police have charged the man accused of being the lone surviving gunman in the Mumbai attacks with murder and "waging war against India".
"We hope that the FBI team, which also visited India and held meetings there, will assist us by providing further intelligence information," Basit told reporters.
Both LeT and Pakistan have denied any involvement in the attacks but the government in Islamabad admitted this month for the first time that the strikes were partly planned on its soil.
Islamabad said it had filed a case against eight people suspected of a role in the attacks, and that six of them were in custody.