New Delhi: A Pakistani court on Friday suspended the detention order of LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind, and ordered his immediate release, drawing India’s ire.
New Delhi immediately summoned Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit to South Block for a dressing down stating that Lakhvi’s release is a “threat that cannot be ignored”.
“India today conveyed its outrage to Pakistan at the release of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, one of the key accused in the Mumbai terror attacks,” said MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin. He said the release “goes against Pakistan’s professed commitment to combat terrorism, including its recently stated policy of not differentiating amongst terrorists”.
“If such a person, who is also a designated international terrorist by the United Nations, is released it will pose a threat that cannot be ignored,” he added.
Basit said, “He (Lakhvi) may have been granted bail, but let the judicial process take its course.”
Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry also reacted sharply to Pakistan’s move and asked Islamabad to deal with terror strongly without discriminating “between good terrorists and bad terrorists”. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju blamed
Islamabad for not producing overwhelming evidence
provided by India to prosecute Lakhvi. During his trial several evidences were not produced due to pressure from Pakistan’s ISI which had extended special privileges to Lakhvi.
“Pakistan did not present the evidence before the court. You can read the way the case has been handled by the Pakistani agencies. Our concern is Pakistan should deal with terrorists in a manner in which the global community is looking at,” Rijiju said. He added that the Indian government has conveyed to Pakistan to ensure that
all steps are taken to prevent Lakhvi from being released from jail.
In a tit-for-tat action, Pakistan later summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad and said India’s reaction on a court order to release Lakhvi is “unwarranted and immature”.
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