Pakistan has made taken yet another shoddy ad-hoc measure on the Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi issue. After the Islamabad High Court ordered his release yesterday just a while ago the Punjab Provincial government has extended his stay in jail by another month. [Lakhvi release: India upset, summons Pak envoy]
The government claimed that the stay in jail has been extended by another month in the interest of public order. Interestingly the world has been witness to such ad-hoc orders by Pakistan since the past 5 years now.
Lakhvi's lawyer has already said that they will challenge the latest government order before the high court and looking at the situation on hand there is no doubt that the court will order his release yet again.
Pakistan has covered up its own failures:
For Pakistan it is too late in the day to act on Lakhvi. The repeated orders of detaining him will not stand the test of the judiciary which will continue to order his release. What Pakistan is doing is running the risk of angering the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.
The cadres of the Lashkar through the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the Falah-e-Insaniyat had planned a gala welcome for Lakhvi. For many in the Lashkar the orders of the government detaining him are being issued at the behest of India. The Lashkar cadres also blame Pakistan for acting on pressure from India and the US.
Several analysts say that the fact that Paksitan is not trying Lakhvi but keeps extending his detention is a horrible approach to take. They are playing with fire and run the risk of angering the Lashkar which could well spin out of control.
Pakistan is only taking Lakhvi off the spotlight:
What Pakistan appears to be doing is taking Lakhvi out of the spotlight. These are just ad-hoc measures that they are implementing. A lot has changed since Lakhvi has gone to jail.
Lakhvi would be itching to strike big and Pakistan wants to avoid that in his own interest.
However the other issue is that the Lashkar is virtually leaderless and ever since his arrest have not managed any spectacular strike. Jihadis have a patience level of five years and then they tend to spin out of control. Pakistan has very often given the Lashkar hope about Lakhvi's release, but always end up detaining him.