Pakistan Grants Bail to 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attacks plotter Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi
At a time when Prime Minster Narendra Modi had called his Pakistani counterpart to express his deepest condolence to the brutal Peshawar school terrorist attack in Peshawar on 16th December that killed over 132 children, a news today has broken out that the 26/11 Mumbai blasts plotter Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was granted bail by the Pakistan Anti Terrorism Court due to lack of enough evidence against him. This news is sure a big blow to India.
The Pakistan’s move to let the accused Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi free, especially after the widespread condemnation and pledges to fight terrorism and to remove it from the Pakistani soil looks quite surprising. Lakhvi and six other people sought bail in Pakistan court yesterday when the lawyers were observing strike to criticize the terrorist attack carried on in the Peshawar Army School that killed 132 children.
All the seven members who sought bail were accused of planning, financing and helping the perpetrators to execute the plans and bring maximum carnage in Mumbai on the 26th November 2008. The Pakistani Anti Terrorism Court granted bail to Lakhvi on surety of two bonds of Rs. 500,000 each. The Pakistani Government went on to claim later that the bail was a technical error and that the officials will be opposing the bail granted to Lakhvi.
The Federal Investigation Agency prosecutor had disagreed the request for the bail, in the court, but Lakhvi’s advocate Rizwan Abbasi stood before the court as the bail was approved by the Anti Terrorism Court. Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif had pledged to crack down the terrorists in his country speedily and also had lifted the moratorium on death penalty in the terror case. In fact, President Mamnoon Hussain had also rejected mercy petitions of 17 terrorism convicts in Pakistan today following the ban and they would soon be executed as per the new law.
Lakhvi was arrested by Pakistan after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and has been serving his sentence in the Rawalpindi jail. But, granting bail to one of the key accused in 26/11 attacks shows Pakistan power packed vows to erase terrorism and to fight terrorism in bad light. The chief of Jamat-ud-Dawa Hafiz Saeed was the mastermind of the 26/11 attacks, it was Lakhvi who was handling all the ten gunmen who entered Mumbai on the fateful night on 26/11 in 2008. It is also believed that he was in constant touch with these gunmen all throughout the carnage and massacre.