Pak court terms 26/11 mastermind Lakhvi's detention 'illegal', says he must be released

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New Delhi, April 9: This could once again bring bad blood back between two countries-India and Pakistan. Reportedly, a Pakistani Court has ordered that Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi who is the mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attack must be released from prison.

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A NDTV report said that Court has termed terrorist's detention illegal. As per the reports, he could be possibly freed in by today evening itself.

26/11 mastermind Lakhvi to be released?

 Lahore High Court Justice Muhammad Anwarul Haq issued the order while hearing Lakhvi's petition challenging his detention under the Maintenance of Public Order.

Reacting over the issue, public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam has slammed Pakistan. 

Defending UPA government and its policies, Congress leader Manish Tiwari slammed BJP government for not able to deal the issue in diplomatic way. 

Earlier, the Prosecution in the 2008 Mumbai attack on Wednesday failed to produce the record of the case forcing Pakistan's anti-terrorism court to adjourn the hearing for the fourth consecutive time till April 15.

All about the case and Lakhvi's role?

The case involved seven suspects, including the mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi.

"No proceeding of the case was held today for the fourth consecutive hearing as the record of the case has been lying with the Islamabad High Court in connection with the government's plea against the bail to Mumbai attack mastermind Lakhvi," an official of Anti-Terrorism Court Islamabad told PTI after the hearing.

 

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No proceedings of the Mumbai case have been held since Lakhvi got bail on December 14 last year following which the government detained him under a public security act.

Just before he was to be released from the high-security Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi, Lakhvi was arrested on charges of kidnapping an Afghan national in 2009.

However, he has also secured bail in the kidnapping case. Lakhvi challenged his detention in Islamabad High Court, which on March 13 suspended the government order to detain him and ordered his immediate release.

However, the very next day, the Punjab government detained Lakhvi for another 30 days under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO).

Lakhvi has challenged his detention in Lahore High Court and the case is pending.

Lakhvi, and six others - Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum - have been charged with planning and executing the Mumbai attack in November, 2008 that left 166 people dead.

OneIndia News

(With inputs from PTI)

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