Statements of all Pakistani witnesses recorded in 26/11 trial

Islamabad: Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court holding the Mumbai attack trial has finally recorded the statements of all Pakistani witnesses in the high-profile case that has been going on in the country for over six years.

The anti-terrorism court (ATC) Islamabad which held the hearing yesterday at the high security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi recorded the statements of the final witness, concluding the process.

Five witnesses have not recorded their statements despite a number of court summons. The court has declared them proclaimed offenders.

“All the Pakistani witnesses of the Mumbai case have recorded their statements. Now only Indian witnesses are left to record their statements,” a prosecution lawyer told PTI. He said the trial would be concluded once the India witnesses record their statements.

The prosecution lawyer said the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) told the trial court yesterday that the Interior Ministry has written to the Foreign Ministry over summoning of the 24 Indian witnesses to Pakistan for recording of statements. The court adjourned the hearing till March 2.

In the last hearing, the court, which is holding the trial of the seven accused including Mumbai attack mastermind and LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, had ordered the FIA to present all 24 Indian witnesses in court to record their statements.

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