New Delhi, Oct 9: Unconvinced by the progress in the ongoing 26/11 Mumbai attacks trial in Pakistan court, India is unlikely to send 24 Indian witnesses to Islamabad. The Pakistani court, in which the Mumbai attacks trial has been going on for more than eight years, seems to have decided that progress can’t be made until the 24 Indian witnesses in the case are examined by Pakistani authorities. However, India may consider Pakistan’s request to examine witnesses through video conferencing, but no such proposal has yet been made by Islamabad. Also Read - Over 300 Twitter Handles Generated From Pakistan to Disrupt Farmers' Tractor Rally, Claims Delhi Police
Last month, the Pakistani court ordered the Federal Investigation Agency to appoint a focal person to press for bringing 24 Indian witnesses here to record their statements in the case. The focal person is expected to ask Pakistan’s Foreign and Interior ministries to take up the matter with the Indian government. A Pakistani official was recently quoted as having said that if India doesn’t accept the request, the prosecution will insist the court announce the verdict without the statements of Indian witnesses. Also Read - Pakistan Approves Russian COVID-19 Vaccine Sputnik V For Emergency Use
The Pakistani court is conducting the trial of seven 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks suspects, including Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. Other persons named accused in the case are Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum. The court has been pressing India to send Indian witnesses to Pakistan for examination after the prosecution claimed that this was necessary to conclude the trial. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: India-China Hold 9th Round of Talks of Military Talks | What to Expect
On the other hand, India has repeatedly said that all evidence against the accused has already been provided and that it is enough to bring to justice the perpetrators in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case. The New Delhi also wants LeT chief Hafiz Saeed to be put on trial, however, the demand has been rejected by Pakistan on ‘lack of evidence’ ground. “Hafiz Saeed was one of the masterminds of 26/11 and look how he continues to flourish under state patronage despite the evidence provided to Pakistan about his involvement,” an Indian official was quoted as saying by Times of India.
One of the reasons why India is not convinced about Pakistan’s intentions is the repeated transfer of judges hearing the Mumbai attacks case. As many as nine judges have heard the case so far. A total of 166 people were killed in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks carried out by 10 LeT terrorists. While nine terrorists were gunned down during the counter operation, lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was captured alive and later executed in 2012 in Pune.