Zardari sacks Special Public Prosecutor in 26/11 case

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari fired the Special Public Prosecutor in the Mumbai attacks case,more than a week after the senior lawyer sparked a controversy claiming that Islamabad had formally requested India to hand over Ajmal Amir Kasab.

Written by Agencies | Islamabad | Published:February 27, 2009 1:52 pm

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari fired the Special Public Prosecutor in the Mumbai attacks case,more than a week after the senior lawyer sparked a controversy claiming that Islamabad had formally requested India to hand over Ajmal Amir Kasab.

Apart from his sacking as the Special Public Prosecutor,Sardar Mohammad Ghazi was removed from the post of Deputy Attorney General by Zardari,according to an official notification quoted by ‘Dawn News’ channel.

Ghazi went to London on a private visit shortly after his controversial remarks on February 18 that Pakistan had formally requested India to hand over Kasab,the lone terrorist captured alive during the Mumbai attacks.

He had said that Kasab was the “prime suspect” and it would be difficult to prosecute the other accused arrested in Pakistan if he was not handed over by India.

His comments were denied hours later by the Foreign Office,which said no formal request had been made to India for Kasab’s custody.

Ghazi made the comments shortly after he was named the Special Public Prosecutor in the case related to the Mumbai attacks. Earlier,reports had suggested that he would be replaced due to the controversy over his remarks.

No new official was appointed to the post of Special Public Prosecutor. Zardari also appointed seven new Deputy Attorney Generals and four standing government counsel.

Pakistani authorities have detained six suspects – including top Lashker-e-Taiba operatives Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi,Zarar Shah and Hamad Amin Sadiq – in connection with the Mumbai attacks. They have also identified two more suspects who are still at large.

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