Lakhvi Release : India Summons Pak Envoy, Registers Strong Protest

13 March , New Delhi

India today summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit over the Pakistani court order to the key planner of Mumbai attack Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi. Basit was summoned by Secretary (East) Anil Wadhwa, who is officiating as the Foreign Secretary.

Later talking to media, Basit said, Lakhvi may have been granted bail, but the trial continues. He said, the judicial process should be allowed to take its own course.

India has lodged a strong protest with the Pakistan government over the issue and the matter has been raised at higher levels in Pakistan.

India also asked Pakistan to take all legal measures to ensure that the key planner of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, does not come out of jail.

Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju said in New Delhi Friday that Islamabad should realize that there are no good or bad terrorists. He said government would like to see Pakistani government work seriously to put all evidence available against Lakhvi in the court.

Sources add that the overwhelming evidence against Lakhvi has not been presented properly before court by the Pakistani agencies.

Earlier, Islamabad High Court Friday ordered the release of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, declaring his detention orders illegal. Pakistani newspaper Express News reported that the notifications issued by Islamabad’s District Administration were termed as null and void by Justice Noorul Haq. Justice Haq accepted Lakhvi’s appeal filed against his third time detention orders and ordered his immediate release.

Lakhvi is accused of being involved in planning, financing and executing the Mumbai attacks in 2008. The Islamabad deputy commissioner had issued Lakhvi’s detention orders under the Maintenance of Public Order on the 18th of December last year, immediately after he was granted post-arrest bail by an anti-terrorism court.

Since then, the detention orders have been extended thrice. Currently, Lakhvi is under detention in Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

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