A Pakistani judicial commission will arrive here on February 3 to record the statements of key persons involved in Mumbai attack probe.

Official sources said that officers of the crime branch have been asked to provide assistance to the Pakistani Commission during their visit here for which the Bombay High Court had recently given a go-ahead.

The Commission will record the statement of Ramesh Mahale, the 26/11 case investigating officer and R.V. Sawant-Waghul, the Magistrate who recorded the confessional statement of lone surviving Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab. The statements of a few doctors of J.J. Hospital who treated Kasab will also be recorded, the sources said.

All the statements would be recorded at Esplanade court in south Mumbai, they said.

Pakistan has already issued a gazette notification on the formation of the judicial commission and has listed the members who will represent the Pakistan government.

The delegation will include Khalid Qureshi, the head of the Federal Investigation Agency’s Special Investigation Group, and Muhammad Azhar Chaudhry and Chaudhry Zulifqar – the two main prosecutors.

The commission will also have representatives of the defence lawyers. Accordingly, five counsel of seven Pakistani suspects charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks had informed the anti-terrorism court that they were prepared to go to India.

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