Pakistan court orders release of Mumbai attacks plotter

Lakhvi is accused of being the mastermind of the 2008 gun and bomb attacks in Mumbai which claimed the lives of 166 people [AFP]

Islamabad, PAKISTAN – A Pakistani court has declared the continued detention of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the operational chief of the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) and alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, void.

The Islamabad High Court accepted an appeal from Lakhvi that challenged his detention under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) Act during a hearing on Friday.

It is unclear if Lakhvi, who has been in prison since 2009, will be released, as the government has challenged similar judgments in the past. He is currently in custody at Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail.

The Indian External Affairs Ministry summoned Pakistan’s High Commissioner in New Delhi Abdul Basit following the court order to “convey its outrage” at the decision, according to a statement…

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  • winniec

    Why has he not received a life sentence for murder, terrorism and conspiracy?

    • Exile1981

      The killing of non-muslims is not illegal in pakistan?

  • eMan14

    It’s one thing when a country possesses thugs, criminals, and terrorists. Quite another thing when the judiciary and government are accomplices to such terrorism. Why we bother with Pakistan is beyond me.

    • Frau Katze

      They’re a seriously f$cked up place.

    • karmel

      Why do we accept invaders from that failed nation?

  • Stronger Than Dirt

    Why is it that just India is outraged ? Where are the heads of state … I hear crickets.

    • John

      Yes, exactly. I think that there’ll be no real effort to combat this until a western P.M. or president is kidnapped and beheaded on video.

      There’s a posting above about the consequences of a nuke being detonated in Washington and the chaotic aftermath that ensues. Were that ever to happen, it’s quite likely the nuke could be traced back to Pakistan. Several years ago centrifuges ostensibly made in Pakistan were intercepted on their way to Libya.

      Pakistan is a slow-burn ISIS with nukes.

    • barryjr

      Harper is a sissy and won’t do anything.

  • karmel

    Someone needs s bullet right in the middle of his stupid zabiba.

  • barryjr

    Further proof Harper should tell the cesspool to go away and close the door to any 3rd world morons trying to emigrate to Canada.