The Islamabad High Court dismissed on Tuesday two petitions of the government seeking voice samples of the alleged mastermind and six others of the Mumbai attacks and declaring Ajmal Kasab and Faheem Ansari as absconders.
A division bench of the court comprising Justice Noorul Haq and Justice Athar Minallah dismissed the petitions due to non-prosecution of the cases by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
In September 2012, IHC had dismissed similar petitions on the same grounds.
The FIA had filed the petitions for the revival of the cases.
The prosecution said the ATC was petitioned for the voice samples of the suspects but the court rejected the plea on May 8, 2010. The petition said that the samples were essential for concluding the investigation of the case.
The prosecution was seeking voice samples from the suspects to compare it with those communications intercepted by the Indian intelligence agencies.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 27th, 2016.