ISLAMABAD - A special anti-terrorism court (ATC) Islamabad yesterday deferred for one week the hearing against seven accused of 2008 Mumbai attack case.

The ATC judge Sohail Ikram conducted the hearing of the case at Adiala Jail and adjourned it without any further proceedings in absence of two witnesses.

The court had summoned two witnesses to record their statement but both the witnesses did not appear before the court.

As a result, the court again issued their summoning orders and deferred the proceedings till December 16.

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 27 witnesses and there are still 20 witnesses whose statements are to be recorded.