After being granted bail on December 18 in the Mumbai attacks case, a court in Islamabad remanded Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi to 14 days judicial custody in an abduction case. He has remanded Lakhvi to 14-days judicial custody for the abduction of an Afghan national. Ties between India and Pakistan have been frosty over Pakistan’s failure in handing over or prosecuting those accused of planning the 26/11 attacks.
Pakistan had promised a crackdown on all terrorist activities on its soil in the aftermath of the Peshawar school attack in which over 150 students were killed by Taliban militants. However, granting of bail to Lakhvi on 18 December was proof of Pakistan’s hypocrisy when dealing with terror outfits. After facing much criticism, the Pakistan government approached the Supreme Court to reinstate Lakhvi’s detention under the public order law.
The Mumbai attacks left 166 people dead and were planned by banned Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Lakhvi and other six accused — 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.
The trial has been underway since 2009.