press trust of india
ISLAMABAD/LAHORE, 31 AUG: An eight-member Pakistani judicial commission will visit India from 7 September to cross-examine witnesses of the Mumbai terror attacks in order to take forward the prosecution of seven suspects.
Prosecutors today informed an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad conducting the trial of the seven suspects that an Indian government letter dated 23 August had stated that the Pakistani judicial commission could visit Mumbai during 5-6 September. But Mr Riaz Akram Cheema, part of the team defending the accused, said that the commission cannot travel on the dates given by Indian government as there is no flight to India during this period.
The letter mentioned that Mumbai’s Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate P Y Ladekar will coordinate with the Pakistani panel for the cross-examination of the witnesses.
The witnesses are the magistrate who recorded LeT member Ajmal Kasab’s confessional statement, the chief investigating officer and two doctors who conducted the autopsy of the terrorists who carried out the Mumbai attacks in November 2008. This will be the commission’s second visit to India.
A report submitted by the panel after its first visit in March 2012 was rejected by an anti-terrorism court as the commission’s members were not allowed to cross-examine witnesses.