26/11 trial: LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi gets bail

Islamabad: LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, one of the seven Pakistani nationals accused of planning and abetting the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, was granted bail today by the Anti-Terrorism Court.

Lakhvi and six others had filed bail applications yesterday even as lawyers were observing strike to condemn the terrorist attack on an army-run school in Peshawar that left 148 people, mostly children, dead.

The FIA (Federal Investigation Agency) prosecutor disagreed with the bail request, however advocate Rizwan Abbasi, the lawyer representing Lakhvi stood before the court as the bail was approved, the Dawn reported.

The seven accused - Lakhvi, Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum - are facing trial at the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

Lakhvi, who was the operational head of the banned Laskhar-e-Taiba, was one of the key planners of the Mumbai attack that killed 166 people. His release from jail comes a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to announce a "national plan" to tackle terrorism within a week, saying "this entire region" should be cleaned of terrorism.

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2 Comments

  • Yc Mehta18-Dec-2014

    i never believed Govt or Pak judiciary will act. What judge will do when the gun is put on judge head ? In the past many of the judges were transferred, advocates are killed and still if somebody expect that justice will be done then I am afraid one is living in the dream world.

  • Joe Chakeu18-Dec-2014

    What Sharif meant was cleaning all terrorist out of the jails of Pakistan and letting them loose on the streets. This so that can perpetrate terrorism and violence on innocent people in all countries. Sharif and Pakistan are the biggest hypocrites. Their double speak is very evident. After all that has happened, if they do not correct their behavior this country is doomed.

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