A Pakistani court has approved a plea to send the records of the trial of seven suspects charged with involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks along with a judicial commission that is set to visit India to interview key officials.
Anti-terrorism court judge Shahid Rafique accepted the Federal Investigation Agency's application to send the records of the trial and other court documents to the Indian judge who will work with the Pakistani judicial commission when it visits Mumbai.
The FIA had filed the application in court on Tuesday and the judge announced his decision the following day, sources said. Judge Rafique assigned a court clerk the task of acting as the custodian of the records of the case.
The court recently cleared the commission's visit to India to record the statements of magistrate R V Sawant Waghule, who recorded the confession of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving attacker, Ramesh Mahale, the police officer who led the investigation, and two doctors who conducted the autopsies of victims and terrorists killed during the attacks in November 2008.
Senior prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali told reporters that the Pakistan government had completed all formalities for the commission's visit and that the ball was now in the Indian government's court.
Pakistani authorities had requested the Indian government to notify the date on which the commission could begin its visit, he said.