Five prosecution witnesses on Saturday testified before a Pakistani anti-terrorism judge about the training of the terrorists who carried out the November 26, 2008 assault on Mumbai that killed 166 people, official sources said.
The witnesses, including intelligence operatives and officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), appeared before Judge Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman of the anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi, and recorded their statements at the proceedings held behind closed doors at the Adiala Jail. Security has been increased at the place after intelligence agencies reported that the Taliban could attack it to free the militants lodged there.
Sources familiar with the proceedings said the witnesses gave details of the training camps where the attackers had prepared for the assault.
FIA Special Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali told PTI that he could not discuss the proceedings as they involved matters of “national interest.” However, the sources said, most of the testimonies focused on the training camps attended by the attackers.
After recording the statements, the judge adjourned the case till October 13.
Khwaja Haris Ahmed, counsel for LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, said defence lawyers would cross-examine the five witnesses at the next hearing.
Lakhvi and six others have been charged with planning, financing and facilitating the attacks. Their trial has virtually been stalled for over a year for technical reasons.
Two LeT camps uncovered in Sindh
At a public hearing organised by the Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production of the Senate on Friday, the former FIA chief, Tariq Pervez Khosa, said sleuths had uncovered two LeT training camps in the Sindh province. They were used by militants involved in the Mumbai attacks.
Mr. Khosa, who supervised the probe into the Mumbai attacks, said the investigators had found the camps at Thatta and Karachi, the capital of Sindh province.