ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) annulled the detention orders of the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks and top leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi in today proceeding at Court No 2 of IHC.
The judgment was made by a division of bench comprising, Mr. Justice Noor-ul-Haq N. Qureshi and Mr. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui against appeal filed by Lakhvi for his third times detention orders. Lakhvi has been granted bail in both cases against him, including the 2008 Mumbai attack case and the six year old case pertaining to the kidnapping of an Afghani.
On December 3, 2008 Indian officials named him as one of four possible major planners behind the “November 2008 Mumbai Attacks.” On December 7, 2008 Pakistani armed forces arrested Lakhvi in a raid on a Let training camp near Muzafarabad. Pakistan confirmed the arrest but refused to hand over any of its citizens to Indian authorities.
On November 25, 2009, an Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) formally charged seven suspects, including Lakhvi, with planning and helping execute the Mumbai attacks. However, on December 18, 2014, two days after the Peshawar Army Public School attack, the ATC granted him bail that was rejected by high court on December 19, 2014.
On January 7, 2015, Supreme Court also rejected the bail and referred back the case to the high court. And finally today his detention annulled by the IHC.