MUMBAI (AFP) - An Indian judge on Thursday ruled that the trial of the sole surviving gunman of the Mumbai attacks would continue, despite the accuseds confession to his role in the carnage. Judge ML Tahaliyani described Mohammed Ajmal Kasabs confession as only a partial admission of guilt to the scores of charges the Pakistani national faces over the attacks, in which 10 gunmen killed 166 people in November. The statement made by accused number one (Kasab) is a partial admission, Tahaliyani said. He has however not admitted to all of the 86 charges framed against him. The prosecution argued that Kasabs surprise confession on Monday, after he had initially pleaded not guilty, minimised his role in the violence and could even have been an attempt to help his mentors awaiting trial in Pakistan. Evidence from the Mumbai trial could theoretically be used in Pakistan against five members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, including the alleged mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told the court. The judge dismissed that argument but ruled that Kasabs confession would be kept on record and considered by the court at an appropriate stage. I dont think that there is any technical move on the part of accused number one to scuttle the trial with a view to helping his alleged mentors in Pakistan, he ruled. The trial resumed with further examination of prosecution witnesses. Scientific evidence from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation would be heard soon, Nikam said. Nikam has said that the FBI played a vital role in linking Kasab, 21, with the nine other gunmen, all of whom died during the attacks. They also examined telephone calls allegedly made to Pakistani handlers during the assault. The lawyer told reporters outside court that the judges ruling totally vindicated his stance that Kasabs confession should not end the trial. After the decision, defence lawyer Abbas Kazmi applied to be relieved of his duties, citing his poor relationship with Kasab. My client is not having confidence in me, he said. In such circumstances, I think I should rescue (withdraw) myself. He later agreed to stay on after the judge opposed his request and Kasab said he had no complaints.