Pak court defers 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case hearing till Sept 17
An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan has deferred the hearing of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case till September 17 after the defence lawyer expressed no-confidence in the trial judge.
According to details, defence counsel Khawaja Sultan submitted an application with ATC No 3 Judge Shahid Raffique, raising an objection on his decision regarding the constitution of judicial commission, which would be sent to India to record the statements of Indian officials, including doctors, who remained in touch with the accused and injured persons in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
During the case hearing at Rawalpindi's Adyala Jail, Judge Raffique, observed that defence counsel could challenge the decision in Lahore High Court, Rawalpindi bench, if he had any objection.
In reply, Khawaja, lawyer for Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and six other accused in Mumbai attack case, expressed his dissatisfaction over ATC Judge Shahid Raffique, The Nation reports.
According to the news report, he alleged that the judge was working under the influence of the Pakistan Interior Ministry, the prosecution and the Indian Government.
Khawaja sought replacement of the judge, claiming that he could not expect justice from him.