ISLAMABAD - Special Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Islamabad will again take up Islamabad standoff case against Malik Sikandar, who held the federal capital hostage for hours on August 15, on Monday (today).

ATC Judge Atiq-ur-Rehman will conduct the hearing of the case in which the court had already directed the police to submit the complete challan against the accused.

On the last hearing of the case, the police had submitted an incomplete challan before the judge of special anti-terrorism court and formally declared Sikandar as an accused of the incident in its investigation report. During the hearing, police produced the accused before the court after expiry of his 14 days judicial remand.

The Investigation Officer (IO) of the case submitted an incomplete challan before the court declaring him as an accused.

The challan included statements of some 30 witnesses including policemen, hotel administration, arms dealer and doctors who provided medical treatment to Sikandar. Later, extending judicial remand of the accused, the court directed police to submit complete challan on the next hearing of the case.

Separately, in the Mumbai attack case, seven accused hired two new lawyers to pursue the case.

They have hired the services of Islamabad-based Zahid Hussain Tirmizi and Raja Rizwan Abbasi as their counsels to defend them in the case being heard by the ATC Islamabad after the earlier lawyers separated themselves from the case citing “personal reasons”.

The next date of the hearing of the case is November 27. It is worth mentioning here that on November 26, 2008, 10 gunmen laid siege to the city of Mumbai in attacks that lasted nearly three days. It was the deadliest militant onslaught on Indian soil since independence, killing 166 people.

Later, seven men including Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Younas Anjum, Jamil Ahmed, Mazhar Iqbal and Abdul Majid were arrested in Pakistan in connection with the Mumbai attacks and court proceedings started against them.