Lakhvi case: India summons Pakistan envoy, conveys 'strong concern' to Pakistan

India on Monday summoned Pakistan's High Commissioner Abdul Basit and conveyed its "strong concern" at the lack of effective action by it in the case of Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi

New Delhi: After a Pakistani court suspended the detention order of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack, India on Monday conveyed to Pakistan its "strong concern" at the lack of effective action by it in the case, saying there seems to be no end in sight to that country remaining a safe-haven for well-known terror groups.

India raised the issue with Pakistan -- both in New Delhi and in Islamabad, with Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh summoning Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and Indian mission taking it up in Islamabad with the Pakistan Foreign Office. 

Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the key planner of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Pic/AP

"Basit was summoned to the Ministry of External Affairs by the Foreign Secretary today afternoon. The Foreign Secretary conveyed strong concern at the lack of effective action by Pakistan's prosecuting authorities after the Anti-Terrorism-Court ordered the release of internationally designated terrorist Lakhvi, whose involvement in the Mumbai terror attack is well known," Official Spokesperson in the MEA Syed Akbaruddin said.

"It was once again conveyed that we expect the Government of Pakistan to abide by the commitment conveyed to us, including at the highest level, that expeditious steps would be taken to bring all those responsible for the heinous acts of terrorism in Mumbai to justice and that it was extremely disturbing that despite the assurances we have been receiving over the last six years, and the recent tragedies in Pakistan, there seems to be no end in sight to Pakistan remaining a safe-haven for well-known terror groups," he said.

India's strong reaction came hours after the Islamabad High Court suspended the government order to detain Lakhvi
under a public security order. 

A Pakistani court on December 18 had granted bail to Lakhvi, the LeT operations commander, sparking condemnation in India. The following day, Lakhvi was detained by Pakistani authorities for three more months, under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO).

Lakhvi is among the seven Pakistani nationals accused of planning and abetting the brazen terror attack in Mumbai on November 26, 2008 that left 166 dead, including foreigners.

Islamabad High Court judge Noorul Haq Qureshi suspended Lakhvi's detention under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) after hearing his lawyer's arguments.

The government's law officer, however, did not turn up for the hearing. The court directed the government to file a
reply in this regard on next hearing in the case on January 15.

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