Mumbai case adjourned till April 24
An official of Pakistan’s premier investigating agency was today cross-examined in connection with the 2008 Mumbai attacks case
Lahore: An official of Pakistan’s premier investigating agency was today cross-examined in connection with the 2008 Mumbai attacks case after which the hearing was postponed for two weeks.
The FIA witness had informed the court in last hearing that the international SIM used by accused Jamil Ahmed to give directions to Mumbai attackers had been sent to Riyadh for forensic analysis.
Sources told that the Federal Investigation Agency’s witness was cross-examined by the defence lawyers. After this, the Judge Atiqur Rehman adjourned the hearing till April 24. The long delay in the hearing was because the judge is going on leave. No hearing took place in the Mumbai case last month. The hearing on March 5 was postponed to March 12 following a boycott by lawyers against a terror incident.
However, the hearing, which is held on a weekly basis, was repeatedly postponed since then as the Judge refused to come for hearing due to security concerns.
The Judge finally came on April 2 but the hearing was held within the premises of the Court rather than at the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi where it usually takes place.
Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Anjum have been charged with planning, financing and executing the attacks in India’s financial capital that killed 166 people in November, 2008.
All the accused are lodged in Adiala prison. Out of about 60 witnesses, the anti-terrorism court has so far completed cross examination of 32 prosecution witnesses.