The detention of 26/11 mastermind and Lashkar-e-Tayiba commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi has been declared illegal by a court in Pakistan.
The court has also ordered his immediate release from jail.
Lakhvi had been detained after pressure from several quarters that was exerted following the 26/11 attack.
With the court declaring his detention as illegal Lakhvi will now be able to walk out of jail.
The Islamabad High court ruled that the detention was illegal in nature and ordered his release.
Pakistan can challenge order:
It was argued by Lakhvi that he was placed under illegal detention. An detention of this nature without a trial is illegal in law and hence cannot be sustained he argued.
Pakistan which has been under immense pressure may challenge the order of the high court.
However, it would be a tough call for Pakistan since Lakhvi is a referred leader in many circles in Pakistan and often referred to as the Chacha of jihad in the Lashkar.
His release could cause major problems especially in Kashmir. With the new government in Kashmir trying to strike peace a person like Lakhvi can prove counter productive to the efforts being made.
India reacts sharply:
India has reacted sharply to the order on Lakhvi. India has said that the order quashing the detention is a set back to the 26/11 case.
India has urged Pakistan to look into the issue immediately and take steps to ensure that Lakhvi is back in jail.
There is no clarity on whether Pakistan will file an appeal against the verdict or not. India, however, hopes that an appeal would be filed challenging the order.
Lakhvi being out of jail is a security risk and not in the interest of justice, India has also said.