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Pak court reserves decision on Lakhvi’s bail plea

News4u-News Desk-A Pakistani anti-terrorism court conducting the trial of seven suspects charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks on Saturday reserved till Monday its decision on a bail petition filed by LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

Defence and prosecution lawyers had presented their arguments on the bail application during two previous hearings and Judge Malik Muhammad Akram Awan, who was conducting the trial within Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail for security reasons, heard the final arguments on Saturday.

Judge Awan then reserved his decision on the bail application till Monday, defence lawyers said.

In his petition, Lakhvi has said that he should be freed on bail as prosecutors had been unable to present any “solid evidence” linking him to the 2008 Mumbai attacks during the nearly 20 months that he has been in jail.
Judge Awan scheduled the next hearing of the case for 18th September after hearing arguments by the prosecution and defence on two other issues — the prosecution’s application seeking voice samples of the seven accused and another application for an Indian magistrate and police official to testify via video conferencing.
The defence lawyers opposed both applications, saying they were not allowed by existing Pakistani laws.
“Under the laws, the application seeking voice samples is technically wrong as it is the right of the accused, and not the prosecution, to seek voice samples,” Shahbaz Rajput, one of the defence lawyers, said.
The defence objected to the prosecution’s application for Indian officials to testify via video conferencing as this too is not allowed by Pakistani laws.
“The laws on this issue are not developed in Pakistan. Existing laws cover video conferencing between Pakistani courts and jails and not institutions or persons in foreign countries,” said Rajput.

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26/11 case: Judgement on Lakhvi’s bail plea reserved

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A Pakistani anti-terrorism court conducting the trial of seven suspects charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks on Saturday reserved its judgement on a bail plea filed by LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and is expected to deliver it at the next hearing on 7th August .

Judge Malik Muhammad Akram Awan, who is conducting the trial within the heavily-guarded Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, reserved his decision on the bail plea after hearing arguments from the defence lawyers and prosecution.

The prosecution contended that Lakhvi, described by Pakistani investigators as the mastermind of the Mumbai carnage, should not be freed as there was adequate evidence linking him to the attacks.

The defence lawyers argued that the charges framed against Lakhvi were based on dossiers containing the findings of investigations by Indian security agencies and claimed that there was no direct evidence connecting him to the 2008 attacks.

They also said Lakhvi had never faced such allegations and had a clean “track record.”

The defence lawyers also claimed that the case against Lakhvi and the six other suspects had been built up by Pakistan due to pressure from India and other foreign countries.

They noted that the case had dragged on for a year and eight months and only two witnesses had testified during this time.

The prosecution has nearly 200 witnesses and the trial is expected to go on for a long time. In view of this, Lakhvi should be freed on bail, the defence lawyers said.

The defence also noted that the prosecution had filed only three interim chargesheets and is yet to file the final chargesheet. It cited this as another reason for Lakhvi to be granted bail.

On the completion of arguments, Judge Awan adjourned the case to 7th August . He is expected to give his decision on Lakhvi’s bail plea at the next hearing.

Lakhvi and the other suspects have been booked under the Anti-terrorism Act, Pakistan Penal Code and a cyber crime law.

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Roles of Hafiz Saeed, Lakhvi not limited to Mumbai attack: NIA

News4u-News Desk-National Investigation Agency on Tuesday told a Delhi court that the complicity of Pakistan-based JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and other five terror suspects was not confined to 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as they had conspired to plot such attacks in other parts of the country as well.

The statement regarding alleged broader nefarious design of the terror masterminds was made by NIA prosecutor in response to a query as to why the probe agency was seeking issuance of non-bailable warrants when a Mumbai court has already issued NBWs against them in the terror attacks case.
“The present case has to be viewed in a larger perspective as the ambit of probe goes beyond the Mumbai attacks case,” NIA’s counsel said.
The prosecutor, however, did not elaborate saying it pertained to national security.
He cited a UN resolution of 1999 by which LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Saeed have been branded as international terrorists.
The NBWs were a “condition precedent” for issuance of Red Corner Notices (RCN) against them, he said.
District and Sessions Judge S P Garg, who was provided with the case diary containing the statements of David Coleman Headley, recorded by NIA at Illinois in the US, is likely to take a decison tomorrow on it plea seeking issuance of NBW against Saeed, Lakhvi and four others including two Pakistani army officers.

Earlier, NIA withdrew its plea for NBW against Headley and Tahawwur Rana, who are now in the custody of the USA, saying the it was “untenable” in the changed circumstances.
“We want to withdraw the plea against Headley and Rana as one of them has been duly interrogated by us and they are in custody of the US with whom India has an extradition treaty,” the prosecutor had said.

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Pak dragging feet on bringing 26/11 accused to justice: HM

 
News4u-News Desk-Pakistani investigators in a report to an anti-terrorism court of Islamabad said that all the seven terrorists arrested in Pakistan for their involvement in the Mumbai attack belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba group.
The report presented to the court conducting their trial including LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi states that there is “sufficient incriminating evidence on record against those arrested for orchestrating the Mumbai attacks.
The report further said that evidence collected by Pakistani investigators had corroborated the statement made by Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone attacker arrested in Mumbai.
It also stated that Lakhvi was the mastermind behind the November 2008 attacks and the accused have worked in active connivance of one another in planning, training, aiding, abetting and making preparations to carry out the deadly terror attacks through their co-accused.
The dastardly Mumbai terror attacks saw brutal murder of 166 innocent persons and injury to 304 others besides property destruction.

 

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India on Thursday said it would have to conclude that Pakistan is dragging its feet on bringing terror accused in Mumbai attacks to justice if it does not put on trial people including Hafiz Saeed, founder of terror group Lashker-e-Taiba.

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Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, while reacting to Pakistan’s claim that India had not provided any evidence against Saeed, said “Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi is one of the masterminds. There are others. We know their names and Pakistan also knows their names.”

 

“If they do not bring the others to trial, then I would have to conclude, reluctantly and regretfully that they are dragging their feet,” Chidambaram told reporters in New Delhi.

  

He was responding to questions that Pakistan had spared Saeed in its chargesheet filed in an anti-terrorist court accusing seven other Lashker terrorists including Lakhvi.

 

India has been demanding trial of Saeed, against whom Interpol also issued Red Corner Notice for his alleged role in the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

  

Islamabad, however, claims that India had only shared information about Saeed and no evidence.

  

Pakistan Federal Investigating Agency, in its report to the court conducting the trial of seven accused, including Lakhvi, states that there is “sufficient incriminating evidence on record against those arrested for orchestrating the Mumbai attacks.” 

Court reserves decision on Lakhvi plea for acquittal

News4u-News Desk-A Pakistani court on Tuesday reserved till Wednesday its decision on a petition filed by LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi seeking his acquittal in the Mumbai attack case.
A Rawalpindi-based division bench of the Lahore High Court reserved its judgement after hearing lengthy arguments by Lakhvi’s lawyer and prosecution counsel.
Lakhvi recently filed the petition in the High Court to challenge an anti-terrorism court’s decision dismissing his plea for acquittal.
During the hearing, Lakhvi’s lawyer told the bench that he should be acquitted as there was no evidence against him.
The lawyer said the anti-terrorism court could not proceed against Lakhvi solely on the basis of the statement made to Indian authorities by Ajmal Amir Qasab, the lone terrorist arrested for the Mumbai incident.
Lakhvi’s lawyer contended that documents received from India that were being used by the prosecution were not certified. He also said Lakhvi’s trial could not be separated from that of Kasab.
The lawyer further told the bench that no witness had linked Lakhvi to the case.
During his argument, Special Public Prosecutor Malik Rab Nawaz Noon said all the prosecution witnesses had linked Lakhvi to the attacks.
He said there was evidence that Lakhvi had set up camps at which terrorists involved in the Mumbai attacks were trained.
Noon also told the court that there was evidence that Lakhvi was the mastermind of the attacks in the Indian financial hub on 26th November, 2008.
He further said the documents received from India had been sent through proper government-to-government channels and there was no need to authenticate them.
Another bench of the Lahore High Court last week dismissed a separate application by Lakhvi seeking the transfer of his trial from the anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi to Lahore.
Lakhvi was indicted with six others Zarar Shah, Abu al-Qama, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younas Anjum for planning and helping execute the attacks that killed nearly 180 people.
The trial is being conducted within Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail for security reasons.
News4u-News Desk-A Pakistani court on Tuesday reserved till Wednesday its decision on a petition filed by LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi seeking his acquittal in the Mumbai attack case.
A Rawalpindi-based division bench of the Lahore High Court reserved its judgement after hearing lengthy arguments by Lakhvi’s lawyer and prosecution counsel.
Lakhvi recently filed the petition in the High Court to challenge an anti-terrorism court’s decision dismissing his plea for acquittal.
During the hearing, Lakhvi’s lawyer told the bench that he should be acquitted as there was no evidence against him.
The lawyer said the anti-terrorism court could not proceed against Lakhvi solely on the basis of the statement made to Indian authorities by Ajmal Amir Qasab, the lone terrorist arrested for the Mumbai incident.
Lakhvi’s lawyer contended that documents received from India that were being used by the prosecution were not certified. He also said Lakhvi’s trial could not be separated from that of Kasab.
The lawyer further told the bench that no witness had linked Lakhvi to the case.
During his argument, Special Public Prosecutor Malik Rab Nawaz Noon said all the prosecution witnesses had linked Lakhvi to the attacks.
He said there was evidence that Lakhvi had set up camps at which terrorists involved in the Mumbai attacks were trained.
Noon also told the court that there was evidence that Lakhvi was the mastermind of the attacks in the Indian financial hub on 26th November, 2008.
He further said the documents received from India had been sent through proper government-to-government channels and there was no need to authenticate them.
Another bench of the Lahore High Court last week dismissed a separate application by Lakhvi seeking the transfer of his trial from the anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi to Lahore.
Lakhvi was indicted with six others Zarar Shah, Abu al-Qama, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younas Anjum for planning and helping execute the attacks that killed nearly 180 people.
The trial is being conducted within Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail for security reasons.

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LHC rejects Lakhvi’s plea seeking transfer of Mumbai case

News4u-News Desk-A court Friday dismissed Lashker-e-Taiba operational commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi’s application seeking the transfer of his trial for planning and facilitating the Mumbai terror attacks from Rawalpindi to the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore.

While disposing of the application, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif directed the federal and Punjab governments to ensure that foolproof security is provided to Lakhvi and his counsel Khwaja Sultan.

Chief Justice Sharif also said there was no justification for the request for Lakhvi’s trial to be shifted from Rawalpindi to Lahore.

Sharif had Thursday reserved his judgement after hearing arguments by Lakhvi’s counsel and government lawyers.

In his application, Lakhvi had claimed that there was a purported threat to his life as agents of the Indian spy agency Research and Analyses Wing were present in Rawalpindi.

He asked for his trial to be transferred from an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi to Lahore.

The Deputy Attorney General of the federal government and the Advocate General of Punjab province had told the High Court that authorities are providing complete security to Lakhvi and his counsel.

Lakhvi’s counsel Khwaja Sultan has also said his client is not satisfied with the judge of the anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi who is conducting the trial.

The LeT commander was indicted with six others Zarar Shah, Abu al-Qama, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younas Anjum for planning and helping execute the assault on India s financial hub in November 2008 that killed nearly 180 people.

Their trial is being conducted within Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail for security reasons.


The anti-terrorism court was to begin recording evidence against them at the last hearing on 16th January but was unable to do so because of the application filed by Lakhvi in the Lahore High Court.

Lakhvi has filed another application in the Rawalpindi-based bench of the Lahore High Court challenging the anti-terrorism court’s dismissal of his plea for acquittal.

Observers believe Lakhvi’s applications are aimed at delaying his trial, which has entered a crucial phase.

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Lakhvi, 3 other Mumbai suspects’ remand extended

News4u-News Desk-Islamabad, Mar 4 - Top Lashker-e-Taiba operative Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and three other suspects in the Mumbai attacks case have been remanded to the custody of Pakistani authorities for two more weeks by an anti-terrorism court.

Lakhvi and the other suspects LeT operatives Zarar Shah, Abu al Qama and Hamad Amin Sadiq were produced yesterday before anti-terror judge Sakhi Muhammad Kahut after the end of their initial remand period.

Investigators sought their remand for 14 more days to carry out further investigations to uncover the truth behind the Mumbai attacks. The judge accepted the request and remanded them to police custody for a fortnight, the Urdu newspaper Jang reported.

Judge Kahut had last month remanded the four suspects to the custody of the Federal Investigation Agency till March 3.

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Lakhvi, 5 other suspects in Mumbai attack sent to 2-wk remand

Islamabad, Feb 15 (PTI) Lashkar-e-Taiba’s operation commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and five other suspects in the Mumbai attack case have been sent to a 14-day remand by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court near here.

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had sought the physical remand of the six suspects, local Geo TV reported.

Citing unnamed Foreign Office sources, it said Rawalpindi’s anti-terrorism court granted physical remand of the suspects into the FIA custody yesterday.

The judge issued the order after reviewing evidence produced by investigative agency against them, the sources were quoted as saying.

The judge recorded the suspects’ statements before sending them to physical remand, the report said.

Meanwhile, ‘Dawn’ today reported, quoting an unnamed security official, that the suspects, including Lakhvi, were produced before judge Sakhi Mohammed Kahut of the anti-terrorism court at an undisclosed location.

The FIA is expected to submit a charge-sheet against the suspects at the end of the remand, it said. The agency has already conducted preliminary investigations into the case.

Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, was arrested in December near Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. PTI

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Lakhvi, two others in police custody: sources

News4u-News Desk,Islamabad, (PTI) LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the suspected Mumbai attacks mastermind and communications expert Zarar Shah are in Pakistan’s custody, a day after an FIR was lodged against them by the country’s FIA in connection with the 26\11 terror strikes.
Both Lakhvi, Shah and Hamad Ameen Sadiq, a key militant linked to Mumbai terror attack, are linked to the Lashkar-e-Toiba and have been named in the FIR lodged the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), western diplomatic sources told PTI.

Though Shah and Lakhvi were arrested during a raid by Pakistan Army near Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in early December, they were handed over to ISI for investigations, they said.

Sadiq was taken in to custody by the FIA after its investigations into the dossier given by India on the 26\11 Mumbai terror strikes, Interior Ministry chief Rahman Malik had told reporters yesterday.

Sadiq, who hails from southern Punjab and was arrested in Karachi, is being seen as a key LeT operative though he had not come under the scanner of India.

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Pakistan admits JuD running terror camps, claims arrests of Lakhvi, Saeed

News4u-News Desk,Islamabad,: Pakistan has claimed that it has come down hard on the terrorist outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), and has put its top leaders Hafiz Saeed and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi behind bars, after admitting that the outfit was actually running terror camps behind the garb of a religious charity.
Interestingly, the clampdown against the Jamaat-ud-Dawa came after the Saudi intelligence chief’s visit to Pakistan earlier this week.
It also claims to have shut down five camps of the JuD.
“The crackdown was in response to the UN”s accusation that a Pakistani charity was a front for an outlawed militant group allegedly linked to the Mumbai attacks,” The Dawn quoted Pak interior secretary Rehman Malik, as saying.
Malik told reporters here that the camps JuD claiming to be doing relief work, had actually been militant training camps.
All the print and publications work including the website of the outfit has also been blocked with immediate effect, he said.
The latest action against the JuD has put a stamp to the Indian stance that the group was involved in masterminding the November, 2008 Mumbai terror attack in which around 200 people, including foreigners were killed.

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