ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court Wednesday re-imposed a detention order on the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, court officials said, the latest in a tussle over his custody that has strained ties with India.
Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, who is accused over the terror siege in India’s commercial capital, was granted bail on December 18 by an anti-terror court but authorities later detained him under a public order law, which in turn was then suspended by the Islamabad High Court on December 29.
A two-judge panel has now suspended Islamabad High Court’s interim order and directed it to hear the case again from January 12, a court official told AFP.
The judges ruled that the high court did not hear the arguments of federal government and suspended Lakhvi’s detention orders in haste, the official said.
Lakhvi has never been let out of Adiyala Prison in Rawalpindi during the back and forth over his detention, which prompted an angry response from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was initially granted bail.
The Mumbai attacks left 166 people dead and were blamed on banned Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).