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Lakhvi sent to 14 days Judicial Custody in Kidnapping Case

Islamabad, Jan 02: A Pakistani court on Thursday sent Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, to 14 days judicial custody for allegedly kidnapping an Afghan national.

As per reports, Lakhvi has been sent to judicial custody at Adiala Jail where he had been detained in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case for the past five years.

Lakhvi's lawyer Rizwan Abbasi, however, termed the FIR against him as completely false and baseless, adding that the Pakistani Government was acting under Indian pressure.

"This FIR is totally false and baseless; it has been registered just to deprive my client from right of liberty. Government is using their naked power on Indian pressure, It is unfortunate, they should not bulldoze constitutional right of any person," said Abbasi.

Earlier today, Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said that an "unnecessary hype" was created on the granting of bail to Lakhvi.

"As regard to Lakhvi, the case is sub-judice. It is unfortunate that an unnecessary hype was created on grant of bail to Lakhvi. These are legal matters and media trials serve no purpose. We should wait for the outcome of the case. The case is progressing well," said Aslam.

"The Mumbai case is being pursued vigorously by the prosecution," she added.

On December 18, the LeT operative was granted bail after his arrest by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court, while the government in the Islamic Republic extended his detention in Adiala Jail under the Maintenance of Public Order ordinance.

Lakhvi and other six accused have been charged with planning and executing the Mumbai attack that took place on November 26, 2008 and left 166 people dead.

-ANI

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