ISLAMABAD: The anti-terrorism courtroom conducting the 2008 Mumbai assaults trial issued summons on Wednesday to the 2 Pakistan-based prosecution witnesses within the case to report their statements.
The witnesses, Federal Investigation Company’s extra administrators Wajid Zia and Zahid Akhtar, will seem earlier than the courtroom subsequent week.
The courtroom additionally sought a response from the FIA and ministries of inside and international affairs on the supply of the 27 India-based witnesses by Could 23.
The courtroom lamented that regardless of repeated notices, it has not been knowledgeable of the standing of Indian witnesses since January 2016.
Throughout at present’s listening to, the courtroom recorded the assertion of DPO DG Khan Sohail Habib Tajik was recorded at present.
In whole, the courtroom has recorded the statements of 85 prosecution witnesses within the case.
The first suspect, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, is on post-arrest bail and didn’t seem in courtroom at present. Lakhvi is claimed to be a senior operative of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group.
His exemption from listening to request for at present was authorised by the courtroom.
The opposite accused within the case, Hammad Amin, Shahid Jameel, Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Wahid, Mohammad Younas, Sufyan Zaffar and Jamil Ahmad, are in jail.
The trial has been beneath method since 2009.
NSC laments Indian position in Mumbai trial
In a particular assembly of the Nationwide Safety Committee (NSC) on Monday, the nation’s high civil-military management regretted that India denied Pakistani investigators entry to Ajmal Kasab, the convicted Mumbai attacker who was hanged by India.
The assertion mentioned that Kasab’s hurried hanging by India impeded the investigation of the case, including that India repeatedly denied help within the probe whereas there was full cooperation from Pakistan.
The NSC assembly was referred to as following former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s controversial statement on the Mumbai assaults, which have been performed up by the Indian media as an admission of Pakistan’s guilt.
Greater than 164 folks have been killed and over 300 injured in coordinated assaults in Mumbai in 2008. India blamed Pakistan-based militant teams of spearheading the assault.
The lone surviving attacker, Kasab, was caught injured and hanged by India in 2012 earlier than he might report his assertion in entrance of Pakistani investigators.