Fury in India as Pakistan releases mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attack on bail to a hero’s welcome

Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks

The alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack which left 166 dead has been released on bail, Pakistani officials revealed.

Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi was allowed to leave Adiala Prison in Rawalpindi late on Thursday.

His release was slammed with Indians calling it an ‘insult’ to the victims of the three-day onslaught, which was blamed on the banned Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)…

…It comes after nearly four months of wrangling over Lakhvi’s detention after a judge granted him bail in December, sparking an angry response from New Delhi.

Pakistan’s government slapped Lakhvi with a series of detention orders but judges repeatedly cancelled them.

On Thursday the Lahore High Court ordered his release, conditional on a two million rupee (32,000 U.S. dollars or £22,000) bond.

India has long seethed at Pakistan’s failure either to hand over or prosecute those accused of planning and organising the Mumbai attacks…

gt_taj_mahal_2008attacks_630x420_101008Flames and smoke billow from the roof of the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai on November 27, 2008 during an attack by militants