26/11 trial: Send 24 witnesses for deposition: Pakistan to India

Pak Prosecution Chief Chaudhry Azhar says 'now the ball is in India's court'

Lahore: Pakistan has asked India to send all the 24 Indian witnesses to depose before the anti-terrorism court holding the Mumbai attack trial, the chief prosecutor in the high-profile case said yesterday.

Smoke is seen billowing out of the ground and first floor of the Taj Mahal Hotel in south Mumbai during security personnel’s “Operation Cyclone” following the 26/11 terror attacks in 2008. File pic/PTI
Smoke is seen billowing out of the ground and first floor of the Taj Mahal Hotel in south Mumbai during security personnel’s “Operation Cyclone” following the 26/11 terror attacks in 2008. File pic/PTI

“The foreign ministry has written to the Indian government asking it to send all 24 Indian witnesses to Pakistan for recording statements in the trial court in the Mumbai attack case,” Prosecution Chief Chaudhry Azhar said.

He added that the Anti-Terrorism Court Islamabad has already completed recording the statements of all Pakistani witnesses in the case that has been underway in the country for over six years.
“Now the ball is in India’s court. The Indian government should send all Indian witnesses of the Mumbai case to Pakistan to record their statements so that the trial could further move ahead,” said Azhar, who is also a special prosecutor of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

Last month, 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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