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Pak court adjourns 26/11 trial again

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court today adjourned till November 23 the trial of seven suspects, including Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, arrested for alleged involvement in the Mumbai attacks.

world Updated: Nov 18, 2009 15:12 IST

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court today adjourned till November 23 the trial of seven suspects, including Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, arrested for alleged involvement in the Mumbai attacks.

"The proceedings were adjourned till November 23 as the Punjab bar association elections are scheduled for Saturday," Shahbaz Rajput, one of the defence lawyers, told PTI.

Rajput said the Federal Investigation Agency had provided defence lawyers some of the documents that the accused had sought in applications filed with the anti-terrorism court.

Among these documents was the statement made to Indian authorities by Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist arrested for the Mumbai attacks.

"However, we have not received all the documents we had sought. This may apparently take some time," Rajput said.

Sources said the accused have sought details of the chargesheet framed against them by the FIA and other documents.

The last hearing of the matter, scheduled for November 14, was not held as Judge Malik Muhammad Akram Awan, who is hearing the case, was on leave.

The trial is being conducted at the heavily guarded Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi for security reasons.