Islamabad: A Pakistani court, holding the trial of seven Mumbai attack case accused, including mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, on Wednesday adjourned the hearing till June 3 as the judge was on a “judicial course”.
“Today, the Mumbai case hearing could not be held as the judge had gone on a judicial course. The court office has fixed next Wednesday as the next date of hearing,” a court official said.
On the last hearing on May 20, the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Islamabad had summoned seven witnesses to record their statements.
The trial court summoned the witnesses only after the case record was retrieved from the Islamabad High Court and finally submitted to the ATC amid hopes that hearings would not be marred by any another issue now.
The Inspector General Police, Islamabad had also submitted a reply to the court during the last hearing regarding alleged security threats to Lakhvi. Argument on Lakhvi’s plea to exempt him from attending the hearings is likely to be held on the next hearing.
Lakhvi claims that he is facing serious threats to his life and, therefore, should be exempted from in person appearance in the court during the hearings.