Bail to Lakhvi: 26/11 mastermind’s release challenged in Pakistan Supreme Court

| Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 14:04
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Lakhvi’s release challenged in Pak SC

LAHORE: While India continues to slam Pakistan for releasing Lashkar-E-Taiba (LeT) Commander and 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi from jail, the release has been now challenged in the Pakistan Supreme Court. 

The Pakistan Punjab government in its petition has said that Lakhvi should be placed in detention once again. 

After six years, 22-year-old Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi was set free from the jail on Saturday after a court declared that his detention is illegal. (Also Read: Bail to Lakhvi: Protest in Maharashtra by Shiv Sena, India to build a case against Pakistan)

Lakhvi’s release has been condemned worldwide where The United States expressed grave concern. Israel on the other hand, termed the LeT Top Commander’s release as a ‘setback for the international efforts in the war against terror’.
Registering its serious concerns, India termed it as a ‘most negative development’ for bilateral ties.

Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a close relative of the LeT Founder and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed has been accused of guiding 10 gunmen from a control room in Pakistan at the time of the Mumbai terror attacks that killed 166 people. He was arrested in 2009 following the attacks and was indicted along with six more. 

The Mumbai terror attacks that shook the nation took place on November 26, 2008 in different locations of Mumbai, India’s largest city by terrorists of a Pakistan based militant organization, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Eight attacks in South Mumbai respectively at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Oberoi Trident, Taj Mahal Palace & Tower,Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital (women and children's hospital), the Nariman House Jewish Community Centre, the Metro Cinema and a lane behind St. Xavier's College continued for three days.

 With 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks that were planned and executed by the organization, the attack killing 166 and injuring more than 300 pulled an extensive global condemnation.

There was also an explosion at Mazagaon in a taxi at Vile Parle, Mumbai’s port area. By the early morning of 28 November, all sites except for the Taj hotel had been secured by Mumbai Police and security forces. 

On 29 November, India’s National Security Guards (NSG) conducted ‘Operation Black Tornado’ to flush out the remaining attackers that resulted in the death of the remaining terrorists at the Taj Hotel and ending all fighting in the attacks. One terrorist Ajmal Kasab was caught alive and executed in India in 2012.

Since 2009, not much progress has been seen in the trial. The Islamabad High Court asked an anti-terror court to wrap up the trial within two months on Monday.

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