A witness on Saturday identified one of seven Pakistani men charged with involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks as the person who had bought inflatable boats used by the terrorists in the assault on Mumbai during proceedings conducted behind closed doors at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi by anti-terrorism court judge Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman.
Prosecutors said the witness, whom they did not name for security reasons, had identified accused Shahid Jamil Riaz.
The witness told the judge that Riaz and 10 others had bought 11 inflatable boats, saying they were to be used for fishing. The witness told the judge that he had never seen these people returning from the sea with any fish. A total of four private witnesses testified during the hearing.
Another witness told the judge that he had sold the accused a Yamaha boat engine for Rs1.6 lakh and yet another witness said he had sold the accused six pumps, prosecutors told PTI.
The witnesses also identified 10 men, including Amjad Khan and Atiqur Rehman, who were allegedly involved in planning and executing the Mumbai attacks on November 26, 2008 that left 166 people dead.
These 10 men were earlier declared “proclaimed offenders” or fugitives by the anti-terrorism court.
“The 10 proclaimed offenders were either trainers or facilitators of the accused who launched the attacks in Mumbai," chief prosecutor Chaudhry Zulifqar Ali told PTI.
One witness told the court that Amjad Khan had obtained from him a “port clearance certificate” for Al-Hussaini, the fishing boat used by the terrorists. All witnesses are from Karachi.