Pakistan

Interior Ministry seeks extension of Lakhvi's detention

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Ministry has written a letter to the Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi on Saturday seeking extension of prime suspect of Mumbai attack Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, ARY News reports.

IHC on Friday had issued release orders of Lakhvi by declaring his detention as illegal.

Punjab home department on Saturday issued orders for one month detention of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

CJ IHC has formed a review board after receiving the letter. The three member board comprises of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, Justice Atharminallah and Justice Aamir Farooq.

The review board will start the hearing regarding Lakhvi’s detention extention from next week.

Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, who is accused of the terror siege in India’s commercial capital Mumbai, was granted bail on December 18 by an Anti-Terror Court (ATC) but authorities later detained him under a public order law, which was suspended by the Islamabad High Court on December 29.

The Mumbai attacks left 166 people dead and were blamed on banned Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). India has long seethed at Pakistan’s failure to hand over or prosecute the accused planning and organizing terrorist attacks.

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

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