ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday suspended the detention order of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Lakhvi was granted post-arrest bail by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Islamabad on December 18. However, the federal government had extended his detention in the Adiala Jail under the Maintenance of Public Order ordinance on December 26.
Lakhvi had challenged his detention in the IHC. During Monday’s hearing, Lakhvi’s counsel Rizwan Abbasi argued before the court that the court had previously accepted his client’s bail, but it was the administration that had detained him which was unlawful and against the norms of justice.
He argued that grant of bail was an issue of fundamental rights. After hearing the counsel’s arguments Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi suspended Lakhvi’s detention.
Lakhvi is among the seven persons charged with planning and helping carry out the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The six other men facing trial in Adiala Jail for their alleged involvement in Mumbai attacks are Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Younas Anjum, Jamil Ahmed, Mazhar Iqbal and Abdul Majid. Lakhvi along with Zarar Shah was allegedly the key planner of the attack that killed 166 people in Mumbai.