Pakistan

IHC court extends detention of 'Mumbai attacks mastermind'

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday sent the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi to jail for two weeks in the latest round of a tussle over his detention that has worsened ties with India.

Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, 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 was suspended by IHC on Monday.

On Tuesday, police told a lower court that Lakhvi was accused in the kidnapping of a man six and half years ago, with the judge granting police his custody for two days to investigate.

The same court Thursday sent him for a further two weeks to Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail, defence lawyer Rizwan Abbasi told AFP.

The Mumbai attacks left 166 people dead and were blamed on banned Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

The government also approached the country’s Supreme Court Thursday to reinstate Lakhvi’s detention under the public order law.

“The federal government through the office of attorney general today challenged that cancellation of detention order in Supreme Court of Pakistan,” government prosecutor Mohammad Azhar Chaudhry told AFP.

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