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Mumbai attack case: Pak govt fails to act on Lakhvi's bail, court vacations begin


Islamabad (Dec. 23, 2014): Pakistan government on  Monday again failed to file a plea challenging the bail to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the key planner of 2008 Mumbai attacks, on the last working day for courts ahead of a two-week winter break, citing that the judge has not released the copy of the order. 

The prosecution, which was supposed to challenge Islamabad Anti-Terrorism Court's decision to grant bail to Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Lakhvi in the High Court, could not do so as it failed to get a copy of the ATC's order for the second day. "The winter holidays of courts mean the government may not file the plea against Lakhvi's bail till January 8," said a court official. 

The court, however, may take up cases of "very important nature," he said. 

ATC Islamabad Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi on December 18 had granted bail to Lakhvi citing lack of evidence against him, but before he could be released from the jail, the government detained him for three more months under Public Maintenance Order in Adiala Jail where the trial is being held. The decision to grant bail to Lakhvi, 54, drew sharp criticism from India and surprised many for its timing, just days after Taliban massacred 148 people, mostly school children, in Peshawar.

Lakhvi's lawyer has filed a petition in the High Court here challenging a trial court's decision to make the Pakistan Judicial Commission's record a part of evidence in the Mumbai terror attack case. 

Lakhvi and six other accused - Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum - were allegedly involved in planning and executing the Mumbai attacks on November 26, 2008, that left 166 people dead.