Pakistani court sends notices to magistrates over Lakhvi's detention

Islamabad, PTI | Updated : 02 March 2015, 08:09 PM

A Pakistani court today sent notices to the federal and district magistrates, seeking their replies on the detention of LeT operations commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

During the hearing at Islamabad High Court, Lakhvi’s counsel Rizwan Abbasi contended that it was the third time his client had been served with the detention orders to keep him in jail.

The court sought replies from the district and federal magistrates and adjourned the hearing to March 5, the Dawn reported.

On December 18, 2014, the trial court granted bail to Lakhvi but was detained the next day under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO).

He has been kept in the high-security Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi till second week of the next month under the same order after the Pakistan government extended his detention by 30 days.

Pakistan faced strong reaction from India following the bail order.

The government challenged Lakhvi’s bail in the IHC and the case is pending.

Lakhvi and six others - Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum - have been charged with planning and executing the Mumbai attack in November, 2008 that left 166 people dead.

At the time of the attacks, Lakhvi was believed to be the operational head of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit.

First Published: Monday, March 02, 2015 08:06 PM
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