Lakhvi’s Bail Withdrawn, to Stay in Jail for 3 More Months
The 26/11 Mumbai attacks plotter Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi who was granted bail yesterday by the Anti Terrorism Court in Pakistan will now stay in jail for three more months. A Pakistani official said to press that they will not be letting Lakhvi go free and Justice will surely be served. The plotter was detained by Pakistani Government today under the Maintenance of Public Order Act and he was detained at Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail.
A senior official said that Pakistan does not have intentions of releasing him soon and letting him go free. Lakhvi has been detained and the government will soon be filing an appeal in the Supreme Court to put him behind bars for longer. He emphasized that Justice will be served at any cost.
The Prosecution Chief Chaudhry Azhar said that, “Lakhvi was to be freed from Adiala Jail Rawalpindi this morning, but the government detained him there for three months under the 16 MPO.” He also added that the decision to detain him has also been communicated to India. Lakhvi is the key conspirator of the deadly 26/11 Mumbai attacks and he is the senior member of the most dreadful terror group, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
This new move to detain Lakhvi in jail for another 3 months has come just after a day when the Pakistani Anti Terrorism court had let him free on bail. This decision did not go well with world leaders, especially India. The Maintenance of Public order, rule states that the authorities have the power to detain any individual for 90 days under their custody without any trial.
India had expressed its strong objection to the release of Lakvi on bail by Anti Terrorism Court judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi for a bond deposit of Rs. 1 million. India has also urged Pakistan to approach the high court and to not release the conspirator on bail. The other six men who are facing trial for their alleged involvement in the terror strikes in India are: Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Younas Anjum, Jamil Ahmed, Mazhar Iqbal and Abdul Majid. Lakhvi was the operational head of the LeT when it attacked Mumbai in 2008.
The pressure of international outrage following the news of Lakhvi’s release and the serious consequences Pakistan had to face on Tuesday’s massacre at the Army Public school in Peshawar where 132 children were brutally killed might have forced Pakistan to take this extreme step of cancelling Lakhvi’s bail and to maintain him under the Maintenance of Public Order.