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Mumbai terror attack trial resumes in Pakistan

IANS  |  Islamabad 

An here resumed hearing of the 2008 terror attack case on Wednesday, summoning the last two Pakistani prosecution witnesses and asking the government about the availability of 27 Indian witnesses in the next hearing "so as to conclude the trial expeditiously".

recorded his statement before Shahrukh Arjumand, reported.

The statements of two more Pakistani witnesses, (FIA) and another official, Zahid Akhter, needed to be recorded.

The prosecutors, however, sought adjournment due to engagements at the accountability courts. The court asked to appear in the next hearing while will be summoned for prosecution evidence on May 23.

The prosecution completed the testimonies of 68 Pakistani witnesses last year.

The court "observed with concern that since January 2016 upon the request of the prosecution, government functionaries sitting at the helm of affairs were directed repeatedly for producing 27 Indian nationals so as to give evidence in instant case, but till date no serious and final response has been given by the government".

In January 2016, the government had contacted asking it to send the witnesses to to testify against the attack suspects. A total of 166 Indians and foreigners were killed in the bloodbath.

and the other suspects - Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, and - are being tried by the ATC since 2009.

Earlier, the released prime suspect Zaki-ur-Rehman on post-arrest bail in 2015 after he furnished Rs 2 million in surety bonds. Lakhvi's request for exemption from appearing in the court was also accepted on Wednesday.



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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 17:50 IST