Lakhvi stays imprisoned; arrested in abduction case

Updated - November 16, 2021 05:33 pm IST

Published - December 30, 2014 12:00 pm IST - Islamabad

Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi was on Tuesday arrested just before his release following a Pakistani court’s >suspension of his detention .

“Lakhvi has been arrested in another case,” an interior ministry spokesman told PTI .

Lakhvi was set to be freed from the Adaila Jail Rawalpindi Tuesday morning on the order of the Islamabad High Court.

“Lakhvi was then presented before a magistrate who remanded him in custody,” the official said.

The Islamabad High Court on Monday suspended the government’s Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) under which Lakhvi was being held under detention, paving the way for his release.

Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh >summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Basit in New Delhi and the Indian mission in Islamabad took up the issue with the Pakistan Foreign Office.

While suspending Lakhvi’s detention order, the court directed the Pakistan government to file a reply in this regard on January 15.

Lakhvi, who was the operations commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, was >charged along with six others in 2009 in the Mumbai attack case. Ajmal Kasab, executed in India, and David Coleman Headley, convicted in the U.S. for planning the attacks, had identified Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi as the operations mastermind for the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai in which 166 people were killed.

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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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