26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi released from Pakistan jail

| Friday, April 10, 2015 - 16:51
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26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi released from Pakistan jail

LAHORE/NEW DELHI: The mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attacks and Lashkar-e-Taiba Chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi on Friday walked out of Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

The Lahore High Court ordered the Pakistan government to immediately set free Lakhvi from arrest.

After the government failed to present sensitive records against 55-year-old Lakhvi, Justice Muhammad Anwarul Haq of Lahore High Court suspended the detention of the LeT commander under Maintenance of Public Order. The judge asked Lakhvi to submit two surety bonds worth Rs. 10 lakh each.

“Even though the law officer submitted some important information about Lakhvi, the court did not accept them and declared the data unsatisfactory,” a LHC official said.

On the last hearing on April 7, Justice Muhammad Anwarul Haq had directed the government’s counsel to submit record of secret documents regarding the activities of Lakhvi today.

The 26/11 Mumbai serial blasts accused had challenged the order of the Punjab government’s District Coordination Officer, Okara to arrest him for 30 days.

Zakiur Rehman and six others; named Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum were charged of planning and executing the Mumbai attacks in November 2008 that killed 166 people, leaving several others injured.

A close relative of LeT founder and Jamaat-Ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, Lakhvi was arrested in December in 2008 and was charged along with six others on November 25, 2009 in connection with the attack.

The trial has been ongoing since 2009.

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