Amritsar (Punjab), Sep 21: An eight-member Pakistani judicial commission team arrived in India from the Wagah border post in Punjab on Saturday to cross-examine witnesses in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
“We are coming to collect the evidence regarding the court news of Ajmal Kasab,” Special Public Prosecutor Afsal Choudary said.
The witnesses include the magistrate who recorded the confessional statement of captured Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, the chief investigating officer and two doctors who conducted autopsy on the bodies of the other terrorists involved in the attack in 2008.
This visit is likely to help the Pakistani authorities to probe the seven Pakistani suspects who had allegedly facilitated the Mumbai attack.
The commission arrived for the second time because the report submitted after the first visit in March 2012 was rejected by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan as the panel members were not allowed to cross-examine the eye-witnesses.
The anti-terrorism court conducting the trial of seven Pakistani suspects including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who have been charged with planning, financing and executing the attacks, had declared the findings of the commission as illegal on the ground that it was not allowed to cross examine the witnesses.
The members see this visit not only to strengthen the bond but also to discuss other projects which were delayed since long.
India had agreed to allow the panel to cross examine the witnesses to speed up the much-delayed trial in the case in Pakistan. The trial in India has already concluded and the lone surviving 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab was hanged.
“This delegation is for discussing the projects which has been planned by India on Chenab River. There are four projects and we had discussed these projects in March this year. And the purpose of this tour is to continue the discussions on this tour,” said Mirza Asif Baig, Pakistan Commissioner for Indus waters. (ANI)