RAWALPINDI – Five inspectors of Crime Investigation Department (CID) apprised the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Rawalpindi Number 1 that the law enforcement agencies had shut down the different training camps of banned outfit Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) in Pakistan in November 2008 after brazen attacks were launched in Mumbai, India.

The training centers at Muzaffarabad, Mansehra, Khairpur and Thattha were closed by the members of now banned outfit LeT, the CID inspectors added. These five inspectors included Khadim Hussain, Muhammad Nawaz, Tahir Hussain, Saleem Ullah and Hafiz Imran, appeared as prosecution witnesses before ATC No 1 Special Judge Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman, who took up Mumbai attack case here on Saturday.

The prosecution witnesses, in their statements before the ATC No 1, stated that they collected the details about LeT training centers in the country and sent reports to the govt.

The witnesses recognised the accused Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi as the operational commander of LeT, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Mazhar Iqbal alias Abu al-Qama, Hammad Amin Sadiq and Abdul Wajid alias Zarar Shah as active members of the banned outfit.

They said that the accused men got training in the camps and later imparted training to other members at the facilities for terrorist activities in the country.

Khawaja Haris Ahmed, defence lawyer, told TheNation that five witnesses admitted they never saw the training camps with their own eyes rather had information of the centers only through their informers. The lawyer said that prosecution failed to prove that there existed any training camps operated by the arrested accused men.

On this, ATC-I No 1 Judge Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman postponed the proceeding in the case till December 1, 2012.

The court also ordered the prosecution to present more witnesses for recording their statements on the next date of hearing.

While talking to media men, Federal Investigation Department (FIA) Public Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali said that two other witnesses Muhammad Altaf and Faqir Ahmed of FIA Karachi had been summoned for recording of their statements in Mumbai attack case.