RAWALPINDI – Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Thursday filed an application with Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Rawalpindi asking for constitution of a Judicial Commission (JC) to visit India once again to record the statements of Indian witnesses in the Mumbai attack case.
Ch Zulfiqar along with his application submitted a notification of the federal government allowing the visit of second JC after Indian authorities’ consent to allow the cross examination of their four witnesses in the case.
In the application, the prosecutor said the Indian government and consented to allow the lawyers representing seven accused in Pakistan Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Younas Anjum, Jamil Ahmed, Mazhar Iqbal and Abdul Majid to cross examine the four witnesses. In March 2012, a JC comprised the defense lawyers, prosecutors and ATC staff flown to Mumbai and recorded the statements of Chief Investigation Officer Mumbai Ramash Mahale, Rama Vijay Sawanth the magistrate who recorded the confessional statement of Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of 2008 attacks, Dr Shaliesh Mohiti and Dr Ganash Dhondiraj who conducted postmortem of the 166 dead persons.
The court had rejected the statements of Indian officials in July 2012 recorded by JC as evidence against the accused as the Indians did not allow cross-examining them.