Grilling Mumbai attacks witnesses: FIA awaits green signal from Indian authorities

ATC directs prosecutor to speed up the process to make headway in the case.


Mudassir Raja February 24, 2013
The November 2008 attacks, which India has blamed on Lashkar-e-Taiba, left 166 people dead and more than 300 wounded. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

RAWALPINDI:


The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday informed the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Mumbai that it was awaiting a response from Indian authorities on allowing defence lawyers to cross-examine Indian witnesses in the 2008 Mumbai attacks case.


The agency’s special public prosecutor, Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, told ATC-I Rawalpindi Special Judge Chaudhry Habibur Rehman that following the court order, the government of Pakistan had asked India to allow the cross-examination of four witnesses and rescind the earlier notification which disallowed Pakistani lawyers from questioning them.

Adjourning the hearing till March 2, 2013, the court directed the prosecutor to speed up the process to make headway in the case.

Earlier, lawyers representing the seven accused had raised objections over the request of the prosecution to form a new judicial commission to revisit Mumbai for cross-examining the witnesses.  Led by Advocate Khawaja Haris Ahmed, the defence lawyers said New Delhi should first cancel earlier orders disallowing the interrogation of Investigation Officer Mumbai.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 24th, 2013.

COMMENTS (4)

arun | 8 years ago | Reply

seriously..?

Insaan | 8 years ago | Reply

@Clear Black Bag: Indian culprits/miscreants before the nation via electronic media who helped Ajmal Kasab to enter Mumbai and Hotel Taj Mahal?????

India has recorded conversations by Pakistani Muslim terrorists and their ISI and LeT handlers during the attack. Pakistani handlers were encouraging terrorists to kill as many as people they can in the name of Islam. Indians did not force Pakistani terrorists to attack Indian targets. Pakistani terrorists pretended to be Hindus and killed 40 Indian Muslims and 124 people from 12 different countries, including 6 Americans.

Ajmal Kasab was just a poor kid sold by his family for money and was used by LeT and ISI to kill Indians in the name of Jihad. No one in Pakistan has guts to take on LeT and ISI.

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