Islamabad/Lahore: The Pakistani judicial commission on Mumbai attacks is unlikely to visit India soon as their travel plans hinges on the decision of an anti-terrorism court conducting the trial of seven Pakistani suspects, officials said on Monday.
The Rawalpindi-based anti-terrorism court is expected to
decide the timing of the commission`s visit at the next
hearing of the Mumbai attacks case on February 4, a court
official, who did not wish to be named said.
The commission is scheduled to visit India to interview
key officials linked to the investigation of the Mumbai
Khwaja Haris Ahmed, the counsel for the main accused,
Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, filed an
application at the last hearing on January 28 that raised
several questions about the constitution of the commission by
the Pakistan government.
Sources told PTI that it was unlikely the commission could
go to India till Ahmed`s application is disposed off by the
Ahmed had also sought details of the documents that the
court intends to send with the commission to India.
"The court will take up the matter on February 4 and it is
likely that the commission may not leave for India during
February 3-6 as was recently stated by Interior Minister
Rehman Malik," the court official said.
Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, the Federal Investigation Agency
prosecutor handling the Mumbai case, had told a section of the
media today that the commission could travel to India between
February 4 and February 10.
However, sources said a final date for the commission`s
visit would depend on the outcome of the hearing by the
anti-terrorism court on February 4.
Ali could not be reached for his comments.