ISLAMABAD(TNN): A day after a Rawalpindi court granted bail to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, the Pakistan government detained 26/11 plotter under section 16 of maintenance of public order, TV channels reported.
A government prosecutor also said on Friday that he will challenge a court order granting bail to Lakhvi.
Pakistan detains again Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, to keep him in jail under maintenance of public order
“I am completing all the legal formalities and then I will challenge this order in Islamabad on Monday,” government prosecutor Mohammad Azhar Chaudhry said.
India on Friday conveyed to Pakistan its “strong concern” on grant of bail to key Mumbai attack handler Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, saying the release will make a mockery of Pakistan’s commitment to fight terror groups without hesitation and without making distinctions.
“Despite repeated assurances that have been received, we have seen both the prosecution of the seven accused in the anti-terror court in Islamabad, as also the investigation by the authorities into the larger conspiracy surrounding the Mumbai attack case, proceeding at a glacial pace.
“The story of repeated postponements, adjournments and unavailability of concerned law officers or witnesses is well documented and does not require repetition. The move to grant bail to Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi yesterday has taken this saga to another level,” official spokesman in the External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin said.
“We have, therefore, forthwith communicated to Pakistan through diplomatic channels our strong concerns on this matter and the sentiments across the spectrum of Indian society that that this will make a mockery of Pakistan’s commitment to fight terror groups without hesitation and without making distinctions,” the spokesman said.