Islamabad court orders major terrorist Lakhvi’s release, calls it “illegal”

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Mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, allegedly one of the key planners of the Mumbai attacks
Mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, allegedly one of the key planners of the Mumbai attacks Photo: AP

The Pakistan court in Islamabad has ordered the release of 26/11 mastermind Lakhvi, stating that his detention was “illegal.” Judge Noor-Ul-Haq Qureshi, who had once already granted the release of Lakhvi, said that the order  was “null and void.”

Lakhvi, member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group,  is said to responsible for two major terror attacks, the 2006 Mumbai railway bomb blast incident and the 26/11 incident, that has killed over 300 people,. He is also being investigated for his alleged role in the kidnapping of an Afghan national. Lakhvi was granted bail by the Pakistan law just two days after the horrific Peshawar school terrorist attack, which left 132 children dead. Pakistan’s treatment of the case has been come under a lot of fire from the international community.

The decision to release him has left India fuming.  Many foreign nations also share India’s anger. India has said that his detention is Pakistan’s responsibility, and United States Senator and Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee Ed Royce has told Pakistan to either hand Lakhvi over to India or the International Criminal Court in Hague, for crimes against humanity.

The Home Minister said that “The overwhelming evidence against 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has not been presented properly before court by Pakistani agencies” and that “Pakistan should realise there are no good terrorists or bad terrorists.”

On the 5th of March, the High Court filed details of the charges laid on Lakhvi. He has been in and out of jail over the years, with the anti-terrorism court releasing him on bail in December, only for him to be detained again under the Maintenance of Public Order attack.

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