ISLAMABAD - Special Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Islamabad Thursday deferred the hearing for one week in the trial against seven accused of 2008 Mumbai attack case.

The ATC judge Sohail Ikram conducted the hearing of the case at Adiala jail and adjourned the proceedings since Inam Ghani, Director Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Islamabad zone did not appear before the court.

Previously, the court had summoned the director to appear before the court after the agency failed to produce the witnesses of the case before it.   

The judge expressed his annoyance over the absence of the witnesses and the director FIA Islamabad zone.

Later, the court again summoned Inam Ghani to appear before the court on the next date of hearing to be held on November 25.

Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) Operational Commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed, Younis Anjum Abdul Wajid and Mazhar Iqbal have been charged with planning and executing the Mumbai attack in November, 2008 that left 166 people dead. The case has been pending since 2009.

The ATC has already recorded the statements of 25 witnesses and there are still 22 witnesses whose statements to be recorded.