India willing to share the Mumbai attack records with US: Pakistan’s doubts on evidences

Reports say that Indian Government has offered Pakistan to share its records on US citizen David Headley to give boost to case against the eight Pakistani suspects being tried for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, but Pakistani officials are doubtful about the evidences.

It has been written by Indian Ministry of External Affairs to Pakistan Foreign Ministry that they want to share the records related to Headley as they might be useful proofs to the prosecution that is pursuing the case against Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, and seven other suspects, according to reports.

But according to Pakistani official reports , documents provided by Indian government do not fulfil the criteria to prosecution’s case.

According to the Indian media, Headley said that at least 10 people involved in the Nov 26, 2008 attacks had made an earlier attempt to attack Mumbai in Sept 2008.

A senior federal government official, however, said that the confession and the trial proceedings were already available on different websites, adding: “These [documents]are not of any use and would not be beneficial to the [prosecution’s cas]”.

“These [documents]are not of any use and would not be beneficial to the [prosecution’s case]”, a senior Federal government official says.

According to him the Headley was not a Pakistani citizen, nor was he nominated as an accused in the First Information Report (FIR) registered by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) in connection with Mumbai attacks.

Indian government has also demanded to Pakistan already to make a commission to record the statements of 24 Indian witnesses.

The Pakistan Peoples Party government had agreed with the Indian government at the time that out of 24 witnesses, only four would testify before a Pakistani panel of prosecutors and defense counsels and none of them would be cross-examined.

A Pakistan panel went to Mumbai in 2012 and recorded the statements of four witnesses: Magistrate R.V. Sawant Waghule, who recorded the confession of Ajmal Kasab; Ramesh Mahale, the chief investigator; and Ganesh Dhunraj and Chintaman Mohite, the doctors who autopsied the bodies of the terrorists killed during the attacks.

According to a statement submitted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the ATC about a month ago, New Delhi’s reply to that letter is still awaited.

According to a senior prosecutor, there are 141 witnesses against the Pakistani suspects in the Mumbai attacks case, the including 24 Indian witnesses.

He said that the court was “now waiting for Indian witnesses.”

The prosecution would request the ATC to summon the remaining witnesses, who are law enforcement officials and the members of the joint investigation team that arrested the accused and carried out the investigation after the Indian witnesses testified.