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Trail of 26/11 Mumbai Attacks shifted from Rawalpindi to Islamabad Antiterrorism Court

Jun 17, 2013 12:15 IST

Trial of the seven Pakistanis including Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi LeT Commander, who are the prime accused of the 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attacks on 15 June 2013 was shifted to a new antiterrorism court in Islamabad from the antiterrorism court in Rawalpindi.

The Judge of the Rawalpindi based antiterrorism Court Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman took the decision of shifting the case to antiterrorism court of Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi in Islamabad following the application of the prosecution.

The new court of Islamabad was set-up recently to hear cases under the Anti-Terrorism Act against former President Pervez Musharraf. Appointment of the Chief Prosecutor of the Federal Investigation Agency by the Government of Pakistan is still pending, since the assassination of Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali by militants on 3 May 2013. Zulfiqar Ali was handing the two major cases and they were 26/11 Mumbai Attack Case and Benazir Bhutto assassination case.

The antiterrorism court of Rawalpindi has been handling the 26/11 case since 2009 and since then five judges have been changed in the court.

The seven accused in the Mumbai Terror Attacks have been charged with planning, executing and financing the attacks in which 166 people were killed on 26 November 2008.

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