Pak court cancels Detention Order of Lakhvi

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Islamabad, Dec 29: The Islamabad High Court has issued an interim order to cancel detention notification of 26/11 attacks accused Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, drawing flak from India. He was put under preventive detention for three more months under Public Maintenance Order in Adiala Jail following the pressure from India.

The High Court issued an interim order to release Lakhvi, saying the detention order by the Pak government against the accused was illegal as he was granted bail by an anti-terror court and its decision could not be challenged by a regular court.

India's Ministry of External Affairs has said that it will take up the issue with Pakistan.

The order comes after Lakhvi on Friday challenged his detention under a public security order in the high court. The Pakistan government had detained him under pressure after the terrorist was granted bail just a day after the barbaric massacre at an army-run school in Peshawar in which 132 innocent school children were killed.

He was granted bail on December 18 by Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi. The Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Lakhvi was put under preventive detention for three more months under Public Maintenance Order in Adiala Jail where the trial is being held.

His bail order had sparked sharp criticism from India and mounted pressure on the neighbouring country not to set him free. Pak government called the verdict a technical error and promised to challenge against his bail in the high court.

However, Pak government failed to challenge against the bail so far.

Lakhvi is among the seven Pakistani nationals accused of planning and abetting the terror attack in Mumbai on 26 November, 2008 that left 166 people dead, including foreigners.

Lakhvi and six other accused - Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum - have been charged with planning and executing the Mumbai attacks. The trial has been underway since 2009.

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