Islamabad: A Pakistani court conducting the
trial of seven suspects charged in the Mumbai terror attacks
on Tuesday adjourned the case till February 18 after directing the
prosecution to present a fresh notification about a judicial
commission`s visit to India to interview key officials.
Anti-terrorism court Judge Shahid Rafique issued the
direction in response to defence lawyer Khwaja Haris Ahmed`s
application seeking certain corrections in the notification
issued by the Interior Ministry regarding the commission’s
proposed visit to India, sources said.
Prosecution lawyers informed the judge that India had not
yet provided a fresh date for the commission`s visit.
The process for obtaining Indian visas for members of the
commission too had not been completed, the prosecution lawyers
Ahmed, the counsel for Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur
Rehman Lakhvi, said that defence lawyers had argued that
the Interior Ministry could not issue a notification regarding
the commission’s visit to India under the Criminal Procedure
"It is the prerogative of the Law Ministry to issue the
notification," he said.
The Pakistan government should ensure that Indian
authorities seek the consent of all persons who are going to
depose before the judicial commission, he said.
Following these arguments, the judge directed the
prosecution to submit a fresh notification after making the
necessary corrections, sources said.