Pakistan court grants bail to alleged 26/11 mastermind Lakhvi

Islamabad: A Pakistani court here has granted bail to the alleged mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, against surety bonds worth Pakistani Rs.200,000 (about $1,900), media reported.

The civil court of Mian Azhar Nadeem heard the bail application of Lakhvi Thursday. His counsel, Rizwan Abbasi, argued that his client was wrongly booked in the six-year-old kidnapping case, Dawn online reported.

He stated that the case was registered against his client to detain him on the pressure of India.

The Anti-Terrorism Court granted him bail following a six-year delay in his trial.

He observed that evidence recorded so far was based on hearsay and the judge granted bail to Lakhvi.

The counsel said the surety bonds would be submitted within three to four days. Police and capital administration authorities were of the view that Lakhvi, who is lodged in Adiala Jail under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) for a month, has little chance of being released.

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