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Lawyers' strike in Pak delays 26/11 trial

The trial of seven Pakistanis suspected in last year’s attacks on Mumbai was delayed after lawyers went on strike on Saturday to protest against a militant attack near Pakistan’s military headquarters.

world Updated: Dec 05, 2009 14:22 IST

The trial of seven Pakistanis suspected in last year’s attacks on Mumbai was delayed after lawyers went on strike on Saturday to protest against a militant attack near Pakistan’s military headquarters.

In the most daring attack since October, on Friday two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a mosque and two other militants fired on worshippers in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, killing at least 40 people.

India has been pushing for swift justice against the seven suspects accused of playing a role in the Mumbai rampage which killed 166 people.

India blames Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) for the Mumbai attacks and has broken off talks with the neighbour, saying Islamabad must first act against militants operating from its soil, including the LeT.

A lawyer for one of the seven men charged last month with involvement in the Mumbai attacks told Reuters that the trial would start on December 12.

“There was no proceeding today because of the strike by lawyers in Rawalpindi so that’s why now it was fixed for next Saturday,” lawyer Shahbaz Rajput said. He said the trial was also delayed because the judge was out of town.

A Pakistani court indicted the men on terror charges in connection with the Mumbai attacks. (For more Reuters coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan.