Pak govt challenges 26/11 mastermind Lakhvi's bail in court

Claims an anti-terrorism court ignored testimony in the 26/11 case 

Islamabad: The Pakistan government yesterday challenged LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi's bail in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), saying an anti-terrorism court ignored testimony in the 26/11 case while granting bail to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind. “We have challenged the Anti-Terrorism Court Islamabad’s decision to grant bail to Lakhvi in the Islamabad High Court,” said Prosecution chief Chaudhry Azhar.

LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi
LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi

The court office will fix the date of hearing. In the petition, the government has taken up a plea that “There is a solid testimony available against Lakhvi despite which the ATC had sanctioned his bail. The ATC’s order is not justified as
the prosecution required more time to produce important witnesses against the accused.”

On December 18, 2014, the anti-terrorism court granted bail to Lakhvi, who was involved in planning, financing and executing the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008.

Lakhvi will be produced before the magistrate on January 15.

The government has already challenged the IHC’s order to suspend Lakhvi detention in the Supreme Court. On the other hand, Lakhvi has also challenged his detention in the abduction case in the IHC.

He and six others have been charged with planning and executing the Mumbai attacks in November 2008 that left 166 people dead. The trial has been underway since 2009.

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