ISLAMABAD Khawaja Sultan, the counsel for Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, co-accused in Mumbai terrorist attacks, has submitted a confessional statement of Ajmal Amir Kasab in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, claiming that it was nothing but a brainchild of Indian agencies. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday and Justice Ghulam Rabbani was hearing the application filed by Lakhvis father. He, in the petition, stated that his son could not be tried merely on the basis of a confessional statement of a person, who is in the custody of a hostile country. The apex court after receiving the Kasabs statement, which was in English and Hindi, adjourned the hearing for two weeks, observing that it (bench) needed time to study the confessional statement. In his confessional statement, Ajmal Kasab named Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi as mastermind of the Mumbai attacks. Khawaja Sultan argued that Kasabs confessional statement had no legal value in Pakistan. The statement was not given before a Pakistani court, therefore, Lakhvi could not be named as a co-accused in the case or tried. He requested the court to restrain the court and the prosecution from using Kasabs confessional statement as evidence against his client. When contacted, Khawaja Sultan said that he had informed the court that Kasabs confessional statement could not be used against his client because it was recorded before an Indian court and had no relevance with his client. The prosecution, he contended, did not level any allegation against Lakhvi regarding Mumbai attacks. During the last hearing, the court had asked Khawaja Sultan to submit Kasabs confessional statement, in which he had reportedly hinted at Zakiur Rehman Lakhvis role in the Mumbai attacks. An Indian court has found Kasab guilty against 86 charges, including waging war on India and killing 166 people. Lakhvi moved an appeal against the verdict of Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court, which had turned down a request to acquit the accused, stating that the court had the right to exonerate Lakhvi after recording evidence. Khawaja Sultan has contended that his client was being tried illegally by Pakistani authorities only on the basis of the confessional statement of Kasab. He has sought early release of Lakhvi from Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi and dismissal of trial being initiated against him. It is relevant to mention here that during the last hearing, the Chief Justice had said that the confessional statement of Kasab should be available to every Pakistani because it was also a matter of national interest. Khawaja Sultan, who is defending the seven men being tried by an anti-terrorism court for planning the Mumbai attacks, said that his clients would actually get benefit from the verdict of the special Mumbai court, which had convicted Kasab and acquitted the other two Indian nationals. He said the acquittal of Indian nationals, Faheem Arshad Ansari and Sabauddin, would help the accused in Pakistan. He said the Indian authorities had initiated cases against Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi on the basis of confessional statements of Kasab, Ansari and Sabahuddin. Therefore, the acquittal of two Indian nationals showed that the court did not take their statements seriously. He said the prosecutions claim that Lakhvi had handed over maps of Mumbai to the two Indians, was rejected by the Indian court. It shows that no link has been found between Indian nationals and alleged Pakistani operators, he added. After having been convicted in India, he said, Kasab could not be tried in Pakistan as co-accused with Lakhvi, Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Younas Anjum, Jamil Ahmed, Mazhar Iqbal and Abdul Majid for the same offence. He said if Kasab was not made a co-accused before a court in Pakistan, then the prosecution could not be able to prove its case, which was only based on Kasabs confessional statement. Lakhvi and six other suspects were arrested and charged under Pakistani anti-terrorism laws in November 2009.