Pak court adjourns Mumbai attack suspects case til Feb 18
Last Updated: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 23:35
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 said.

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 Code.

"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.


First Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 23:33

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