Pakistani Court seeks access to 27 India based witnesses in Mumbai attacks case

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ISLAMABAD: The anti-terrorism court conducting the 2008 Mumbai attacks trial issued summons on Wednesday to the two Pakistan-based prosecution witnesses in the case to record their statements.

The witnesses, Federal Investigation Agency’s additional directors Wajid Zia and Zahid Akhtar, will appear before the court next week.

The court also sought a response from the FIA and ministries of interior and foreign affairs on the availability of the 27 India-based witnesses by May 23.

The court lamented that despite repeated notices, it has not been informed of the status of Indian witnesses since January 2016.

During today’s hearing, the court recorded the statement of DPO DG Khan Sohail Habib Tajik was recorded today.

In total, the court has recorded the statements of 85 prosecution witnesses in the case.

The primary suspect, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, is on post-arrest bail and did not appear in court today. Lakhvi is said to be a senior operative of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group.

His exemption from hearing request for today was approved by the court.

The other accused in the case, Hammad Amin, Shahid Jameel, Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Wahid, Mohammad Younas, Sufyan Zaffar and Jamil Ahmad, are in jail.

The trial has been under way since 2009.

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