The mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attack Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi has been released form Pakistan’s Adiala jail. The Lahore courts had yesterday suspended his detention and ordered his immediate release. The court had said that the government lawyers had failed to provide evidence to justify the Lakhvi’s detention.
“Lakhvi has been released and he is out of the jail now,” his lawyer, Malik Nasir Abbas, told media. “I don’t know where he will go now.” Supporters of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) were present outside the prison to receive Lakhvi. Reacting to the verdict, India said the release of Lakhvi “eroded” the value of assurances repeatedly conveyed to it by Pakistan on cross-border terrorism.
Lakhvi’s counsel Raja Rizwan Abbasi, earlier in the day, said, “The government is left with no other ‘legal option’ but to release his client after the LHC suspended his detention. Neither the government nor the Adiala Jail authorities can violate the court’s order this time.”
The Mumbai attack mastermind Lakhvi is the military chief of the terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba. He was arrested in 2009 months after 166 people were killed in different place of India’s financial hub Mumbai.