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Pak judicial commission arrives for 26/11 probe
PK Jaiswar
Tribune News Service

Attari, September 21
A seven-member Pakistani judicial commission arrived in India via Attari on Saturday to take forward the prosecution of seven suspects, including LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, and cross-examine and re-examine four prosecution witnesses in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case. As many as 166 persons, including foreign nationals, were killed in the 2008 terror attack.

The Pakistani delegation was headed by special public prosecutor Azhar Chaudhry. He said the commission had come to collect evidence against the co-accused of Ajmal Kasab, the sole Pakistan terrorist caught alive during the attacks and executed last November.

The other seven Pakistani accused include Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who was charged with planning, financing and executing the brutal attack. The evidence will be recorded on September 24-25.

The panel's second visit to India has been delayed thrice this month. The commission was scheduled to arrive on September 11, but its visit was postponed due to the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival during which courts remain closed in Mumbai.

India initially asked the commission to visit in early September, but it could not due to cancellation of a Pakistan International Airlines flight. The next date fixed was September 7, but the visit was again cancelled due to the non-availability of a flight.

The panelís first report after a visit in March 2012 was rejected by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on the grounds that its members were not allowed to cross-examine the witnesses.

(With PTI inputs)

On the agenda

  • The seven-member panel will take forward the prosecution of seven suspects, including LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, and cross-examine prosecution witnesses
  • The witnesses who would record their statements include a city magistrate who recorded Kasab's confession, the case chief investigating officer and two doctors, who conducted the post-mortem on nine Pakistani terrorists killed by security forces during the attack

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