Islamabad - The Special Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Islamabad will conduct the hearing of two major matters, Mumbai attack case and judges’ detention case, during the current week.

Special Judge ATC Sohail Ikram will resume the hearing of Mumbai attack case on April 22 (Wednesday) and the same judge will also hear judges’ detention case against former military ruler General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf on April 24 (Friday).

In Mumbai attack case, the ATC judge had previously summoned five more witnesses to record their statements in this matter. During the last hearing, the record of the case was also produced in the trial court which had been lying with the IHC for more than two months in connection with the government’s plea for cancellation of bail to Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. The ATC has already recorded the statements of 25 witnesses and there are still 22 witnesses whose statements to be recorded.

In this regard, the federal government has also notified the appointment of one more prosecutor to strengthen the prosecution team which now comprises of four lawyers to speed up the proceedings of Mumbai attack case. In judges’ detention case, Judge Sohail Ikram had previously accepted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s application wherein he was seeking exemption from appearing before the court in case. The ATC judge had granted exemption to Musharraf for one day by rejecting public prosecutor’s request of not to accept the same.

During the hearing, Advocate Ilyas Siddiqui the counsel for the former president had submitted an application and sought exemption for his client from appearing before the court on medical grounds.

Referring the medical report, the counsel argued that due to severe pain in backbone of Musharraf, doctors had advised him for complete bed rest. Therefore, he added that his client could not appear before the court and his application seeking exemption may be accepted.

However, public prosecutor Aamir Nadeem Tabish raised the objections over it and stated that every-time a new medical report is submitted before the court and the accused had made his habit of producing medical report for seeking exemption.

After hearing the arguments of both the sides, the ATC judge granted exemption to Musharraf from appearing before the court for one day and deferred the hearing till April 24 for further proceedings in this matter.