Rawalpindi - An anti-terrorism court on Wednesday asked chairman joint investigation team (JIT) probing former Premier Benazir Bhutto’s murder to contact Mark Siegel — a US author and prosecution witness — and ask him when he would appear before the court to record his statement in the said case.

The court also sent a reminder to director general Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to order Ismail, an operator of the premier agency, to record his statement. The court summoned 8 prosecution witnesses again. Anti-Terrorism Court Special Judge Rai Muhammad Ayub Marth took up the BB murder case at heavily guarded Adaila Jail.

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Special Public Prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar Ali informed the court that summons to five witnesses including the key witness Mark Siegel and ISI operator Ishaq could not be served so far. He pleaded the court for issuance of fresh summons to witnesses. He also requested the court to write a letter to Chairman JIT asking him to contact Mark Siegel and to ask him as to when he would be able to record his statement.

On this, the judge ordered of writing a letter to chairman JIT, Additional Director General Khalid Qureshi, asking him to contact Mark Siegel, ask his arrival schedule in Pakistan and submit reply with court on the next date of hearing.

The judge also sent a reminder to DG ISI, directing him to ask Ishaq, the operator who tapped telephonic talk of Baitullah Mehsud, to appear before court in person and record his statement. He also decided to hear BB murder case on daily basis.

The FIA prosecutor, when contacted, confirmed the developments.