Details about the distribution of weapons to the Mumbai attacks' terrorists were among the "huge quantity" of incriminating items recovered during a raid on two LeT training camps in Sindh province, a court conducting the trial of seven men charged with involvement in 2008 attacks was told today.
Deputy Director Faqir Muhammad and Inspector Khalid Awan of the Federal
Investigation Agency provided details of items found in the LeT camps when they
were cross-examined by defence lawyers during proceedings conducted by
anti-terrorism court Judge Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman at Adiala Jail in
After the in-camera hearing, FIA Special Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali told
PTI that Muhammad and Awan were "very important witnesses".
During the cross-examination, the witnesses said they raided two LeT training
camps at Yousaf Goth in Landhi area of Karachi and Mirpur Sakro area in Thatta
The witnesses said they had found a huge quantity of incriminating articles,
including maps of Indian cities, details about the distribution of weapons to
the terrorists who attacked Mumbai, photographs of the two boats used by the
attackers and jihadi literature, Ali said.
Khwaja Haris Ahmed, the counsel for LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman
Lakhvi, was among those who cross-examined the prosecution witnesses.
In a separate development, defence lawyers filed an application seeking an
assurance from the court that there would be no hindrance in the working of the
Pakistani judicial commission that is set to visit Mumbai to cross-examine four
Khwaja Haris Ahmed sought the cancellation of an earlier agreement between India
and Pakistan that did not allow members of the commission to cross-examine the
Indian witnesses during a visit to Mumbai in March last year.
Special Prosecutor Ali told the court that this agreement was no longer in
force. The judge asked the prosecution to submit a copy of the new agreement
regarding the judicial commission’s second visit to India and adjourned the case
till February 23.
Ali also informed the judge that the defence lawyers had not submitted their
passports and other documents to complete formalities for the commission's
The commission will cross-examine four key Indian witnesses - the police officer
who led the probe into the Mumbai attacks, the magistrate who recorded the
confession of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving attacker, and two doctors who
performed the autopsies of the attackers. Kasab was hanged last year in a jail
Following the commission's last visit to Mumbai, its findings were rejected by
the anti-terrorism court because the panel did not have the power to
Following negotiations between officials of the two countries in December, India
agreed to allow the Pakistani commission to cross-examine the witnesses. Indian
officials also sought an assurance that the panel’s findings will not again be
rejected by the anti-terrorism court.