RAWALPINDI - An anti-terrorism court (ATC) here on Saturday took up the hearing in Mumbai attacks case.
ATC Special Judge Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman carrying out the trial of seven arrested men facing charges of abetting 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks asked Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to respond to an application filed by Advocate Khawaja Haris Ahmed representing Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi the alleged master mind of the attacks till February 23, 2012.
Advocate Khawaja Haris, in the application, argued that FIA Prosecutor should submit a notification issued by the federal government clearly showing the permission of cross-examination had been granted by Indian judicial authorities.
He further stated that orders of Chief Justice Mumbai High Court forming the judicial commission in India should contain that cross-examination of the four Indian prosecution witnesses.
The defence lawyers submitted the application in response to the request of the prosecution to the trial court asking for formation of a fresh judicial commission to record the testimony of the Indian witnesses. It is pertinent to mention here that the ATC rejected July last year the statements of the Indians recorded by a Judicial Commission in March 2012 as the defence lawyers were not allow to question the witnesses.