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Pakistan Releases Alleged Mastermind of Mumbai Attacks

Friday, 10 April 2015 06:24 AM

Pakistani authorities have freed the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks on bail, sources said Friday, a move likely to further strain ties with India.

Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, accused over the terror siege that left 166 dead, was released late on Thursday, according to an official at Adiyala Prison in Rawalpindi, next to Islamabad.

The three-day onslaught on India's financial capital was blamed on the banned Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). LeT's charitable wing, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), confirmed Lakhvi's release.

"Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi has been released from jail. He is free now and in a secure place," a senior JuD official told AFP.

"We can't say exactly where is he at the moment for security reasons."

The release comes after nearly four months of wrangling over Lakhvi's detention that began when a judge granted him bail in December, sparking a furious response from New Delhi.

The government slapped Lakhvi with a series of detention orders but judges repeatedly canceled them.

On Thursday the Lahore High Court ordered his release, conditional on a two million rupee ($20,000) bond.

India has long seethed at Pakistan's failure either to hand over or prosecute those accused of planning and organizing the violence.

Delhi accuses Islamabad of prevaricating over the trials, while Pakistan has claimed India failed to give it crucial evidence.

Lakhvi and six other suspects have been charged in Pakistan but their cases have made virtually no progress in more than five years.

The original bail order in December prompted an angry response from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said it came as "a shock to all those who believe in humanity."

Pakistan has long been accused of playing a "double game" with militants, supporting groups it thinks it can use for its own strategic ends, particularly in the disputed Kashmir region.

© AFP 2021


   
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