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Lakhvi to remain in jail

In this January 1, 2015 photo, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the main suspect of the 208 Mumbai terror attacks, raises his fist after his court appearance in Islamabad.   | Photo Credit: B.K. Bangash

Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind, would remain in jail after Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the High Court order suspending his detention.

The apex court sent the case back to the Islamabad High Court directing it to hear the arguments again and decide on merit without rushing through.

The case will be heard again on January 12 by the High Court, Geo TV reported.

On December 18, 2014, the Anti-Terrorism Court had granted bail to Lakhvi, who was involved in planning, financing and executing the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008.

Next day, he was again detained under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO).

However, Islamabad high court judge Noorul Haq Qureshi had suspended Lakhvi’s detention under MPO, evoking a strong reaction from India.

Just before he was to be released, Lakhvi was arrested on charges of kidnapping Afghan national Muhammad Anwar Khan.

The police kept him at the Shalimar Police station here for a two-day physical remand before a magistrate sent him back to Adiala Jail on Tuesday for a 14-day judicial custody.

Lakhvi has been detained at Adiala Prison for the last five years.

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 attacks in November, 2008 that left 166 people dead.

Lakhvi was arrested in December 2008 and was indicted along with the six others on November 25, 2009 in connection with the case. The trial has been underway since 2009.

Top developments

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Lakhvi stays imprisoned; arrested in abduction case > Read here

Lakhvi's detention orders were suspended by an Islamabad Court on December 29, 2014 > Read here

Previously bail was granted to the 26/11 mastermind, which drew a lot of flak from the Indian government > Read here

"The release of the Mumbai terror attack handler will make a mockery of Pakistan’s commitment to fight terror groups", India said to Pakistan while voicing its strong condemnation of his release. > Read here

In an unusual collaborative effort, the government and the opposition drafted a joint resolution on the granting of bail to Lakhvi in full view in the Lok Sabha. > Read here

Pakistan govt. failed to file a plea challenging the bail to the LeT operations commander even as he filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court against a court’s decision to make a judicial panel’s record a part of evidence in the 26/11 case. > Read here

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