Pakistan Court Refuses Voice Samples of 26/11 Suspects


Islamabad: In a massive blow to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks investigation, the Islamabad High Court today dismissed the Indian government’s petition seeking voice clippings of the alleged masterminds and of six other suspects in the case due to non-prosecution.

The prosecution was seeking voice samples from the suspects to compare it with those communications intercepted by the Indian intelligence agencies. The petition said that the samples were essential for concluding the investigation of the case.

According to Pakistan law, the accused has to give their consent for voice samples.  In a major breakthrough, a Mumbai court in December 2015 had granted pardon to David Coleman Headley, one of the main accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case. He was accepted as a prosecution witness in return.

Earlier this month, the Pakistan government had also turned down India’s proposal to jointly interrogate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and other suspects linked with the January 2 Pathankot airbase attack.