Mumbai attacks: IHC temporarily suspends Lakhvi's detention orders

Government detained Lakhvi under MPO for 30 days in Adiala jail following bail granted by anti-terrorism court


Obaid Abbasi December 29, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday temporarily suspended the detention orders for Zakhiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, who had challenged his detention last week.  

On December 19, the government had detained Lakhvi under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) in the Adiala jail for 30 days, shortly after he was granted bail by an anti-terrorism court.

Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi, while accepting Lakhvi's application, temporarily suspended the notification of Lakhvi's detention order, and directed the suspect to submit a surety bond of Rs 100,000 while asking him to ensure his presence in every hearing of the case.

The court also decided to take up the matter after January 7, 2015.

During the hearing, Jahangir Khan Jadoon - the standing counsel representing the government - asked the court not to suspend the detention order and requested for more time as the IHC had issued notice to the federation and sought its reply today.

Lakhvi, through his counsel Raja Rizwan Abbasi, had challenged the detention orders, terming the directive ‘illegal’. The counsel for the petitioner informed the court that ATC had granted bail to his client, but the government is flouting the same orders by not releasing his client.

According to an official of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), the basic objective of the detention orders issued after the attack of Army Public School (APS) Peshawar was to prevent Lakhvi from attending any public meeting and potentially regrouping in its aftermath.

Sources in the ICT administration had further said the capital's authorities also requested the Punjab home department to issue orders for Lakhvi’s detention to prevent him from moving to his hometown Okara.

Currently, the alleged mastermind of Mumbai attacks is being kept in Adiala Jail alongside six other suspects allegedly involved in the Mumbai attacks.

COMMENTS (23)

Kamran | 7 years ago | Reply

Heaven seekers will never be ashamed of any human brutality whether its Mumbai attack or Peshawar carnage.Courts had released numerous terrorists in Pakistan and now they are killing innocent people, but is not a matter of concern for corrupt judiciary.International courts should try these Judges , politicians who protect these savages and enemy of humanity and Islam.

Tyggar | 7 years ago | Reply

Pakistan, the next time, you grieve your children alone

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