Pakistan Releases Mumbai Attack Mastermind Lakhvi From Jail, India says “Disappointing Development”

10 April, Islamabad

Top Lashkar leader and 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi has been released from Pakistan jail Friday .

After spending nearly six years in detention Lakhvi was released from Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, a day after Lahore High Court suspended his detention and ordered his immediate release. The Court took the decision after the Pakistan government failed to present sensitive records against him in the court.

Lakhvi’s counsel said that the Pakistan government was left with no other ‘legal option’ but to release him. Lakhvi and six others have been charged with planning and executing the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people and wounding over 300.

Lakhvi was arrested in December 2008 and was indicted in connection with the 26/11 attack case. The trial has been underway since 2009.

Meanwhile, voicing concern over the release of Lakhvi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said India wants talks with Pakistan but the release of the Mumbai attack mastermind is an “unfortunate and disappointing” development.

He said India wants talks with Pakistan but the release of Lakhvi is unfortunate and disappointing. He told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Lucknow.

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