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'India reluctant to send 24 witnesses to Pak in Mumbai case'

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

The Indian is "reluctant" to send its 24 witnesses to to record their statements in the terror attack case, the prosecution told an anti-conducting the trial.

The anti-held the hearing in the case at Adiyala Jail after a "break" of over four months.


"The prosecution told the that the Indian is reluctant to send 24 Indian witnesses to to record their statements in the case," a official told PTI after the hearing.

The was also informed that the Indian had not only refused to send the witnesses but also demanded re-investigation of the case.

Prosecution said the Indian witnesses statements are needed to conclude the case which has been pending for the last seven years.

"The case may not be concluded till the Indian witnesses appear in the trial court," the prosecution said.

The adjourned the hearing till March 22.

In a reply to Pakistan's letter regarding sending 24 Indian witnesses here to record their statements in the attack case, New Delhi has asked Islamabad to re-investigate the case and also demanded trial of Jammat-ud-Dawah chief Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba operation commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in the light of evidence it (India) had provided to it.

An interior ministry official had told PTI that had no issue to try any suspect of case provided it had evidence against him.

"If provides some strong evidence against Saeed in case we will try him. Lakhvi was released on bail because of lack of solid evidence against him," the official said.

Saeed, who carries a reward of USD 10 million, was also put under house arrest after terror attacks in November 2008 but he was freed by in 2009.

The Punjab on January 30 had put Saeed and four other leaders of JuD and Falah-e-Insaniat (FIF)under house arrest for a period of 90 days in exercise of powers under section 11-EEE(1) of Anti Act 1997.

attack mastermind Lakhvi, Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum have been facing charges of abetment to murder, attempted murder, planning and executing the attack since 2009.

Lakhvi got his freedom some 22 months ago after he secured bail in the case. He has been living in undisclosed location since then. The other six suspects are in Adiala Jail,

Ten LeT militants killed 166 people and wounded dozens in in November, 2008. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught.

Kasab was executed after a found him guilty and handed down deathsentence.

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 17:43 IST
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