Mumbai attack: Pakistan panel's India visit delayed

Islamabad, Sep 10 (IANS) A Pakistani judicial commission's visit to India to cross-examine witnesses of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack has been delayed because of the 10-day Ganesh festival, a lawyer said Tuesday.

"The Indian government informed us that the proposed visit, which was going to start from Wednesday cannot take place due to celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi festival in India as the courts in Mumbai are closed," Online News Agency quoted defence lawyer Riaz Akram Cheema as saying.

The lawyer added that the Indian authorities would now propose new dates for the visit.

The Pakistan panel's visit has been delayed twice this month. While India gave it a date for early September, the eight-member delegation could not leave after cancellation of their flight.

The visit was then fixed for Sep 7 but it was again cancelled due to the non-availability of flight.

The visit by the Pakistani team to cross-examine four witnesses of the Mumbai attack is expected to help the Pakistani authorities to investigate the seven Pakistani suspects who had allegedly facilitated the Mumbai attack.

The witnesses include the magistrate who recorded the confessional statement of captured Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, the chief investigating officer and two doctors who conducted autopsy on bodies of other terrorists involved in the attack in 2008.

This will be the panel's second visit to India.

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