LHC orders Lakhvi's immediate release

Declares the alleged Mumbai attack mastermind's detention illegal

Rana Tanveer April 09, 2015
A file photo of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court ordered on Thursday the immediate release of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks.

Dismissing Lakhvi’s detention orders, a single-bench of the LHC declared his detention illegal and called for his immediate release.

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The order came as the government failed to produce any proof against Lakhvi.

Lakhvi has been under detention for over five years over allegations of his involvement in Mumbai attacks in 2008, which left 166 people dead.

Last month, the Punjab government detained Lakhvi before he could be released from jail after a court ordered his release.

He was granted bail by an anti-terror court in December, a move that infuriated New Delhi. Amid outrage over the possible release of the alleged terror mastermind, Pakistan quickly slapped him with a detention order under the "Maintenance of Public Order" law.

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observer | 6 years ago | Reply @AJamal: "@Anjaan: Those “evidences” would not stand in any court of law." All Western countries have seen the evidence and have concluded that Lakhvi and LeT were the perpetrators of the barbaric Mumbai massacre. Most of the evidence were generated by the American intelligence agencies. These countries and the UN have designated LeT, Hafiz Saeed, Lakhvi etc as terrorists. Pakistan has so far refused to give India a voice sample of Lakhvi to do a scientific matching of the recording that showed him giving real time commands to the LeT terrorists during the operation. The problem is that Pakistan just can't convict Lakhvi and Hafiz Saeed for fear of them turning against Pakistan. LeT and these terrorists have been very useful anti-India "non-state" actors actively supported by the Pakistani Establishment.
Prakash | 6 years ago | Reply Where are all the Indians (like Mr. Nasereddin Shah and some liberal Indians who comment on ET) who want good relations with Pakistan? Remember liberal Indians - they hate us to the core and will not miss a opportunity to back-stab us.
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