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ATC issues summons in respect of last two Pakistani prosecution witnesses in Mumbai attack case

ISLAMABAD: Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) Islamabad has ordered for issuing summons in respect of last two Pakistani prosecution witnesses in Mumbai attack case besides seeking reply from interior ministry, foreign ministry and FIA authorities in connection with availability of 27 Indian witnesses.

Mumbai attack case came up for hearing before ATC Islamabad led by judge Shahrukh Arjumand here Wednesday.

At the inception of hearing of the case, the judge remarked despite repeated directives court has not been informed about Indian witnesses since January 2016. Reply be filed till May 23 about availability of Indian witnesses.

A significant headway has come to open about Mumbai attacks. Summons have been issued to Additional Director General (ADG) FIA Wajid Zia and Zahid Akhtar.

Statements of 85 witnesses from FIA side have been recorded so far. FIA had filed list of 150 witnesses. 63 witnesses were declared irrelevant and unnecessary.

As many as 8 accused are named in the case. Among them Hammad Amin, Shahid Jamil, Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Wahid, Muhammad Younus, Jamil Ahmad and Suleman Zafar are on judicial remand. The accused Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi is on bail after arrest. The accused has also filed petition seeking exemption from attendance in the court which has been accepted.

The court has adjourned hearing of the case till May, 23.

On the other hand Indian government is using delaying tactics in extending cooperation to Pakistan government in this case.

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