The mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, was in news recently after an Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) in Pakistan granted bail to him on 18 December 2014.He was granted bail against a surety amount of one million rupees (10000 dollars).
Lakhvi, Chief Operation Commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), was among the seven persons charged with planning and helping carry out the Mumbai attacks in 2008 in which more than 160 people were killed. Other six who have been charged with planning, financing and executing the attacks in Mumbai, India's financial capital are Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Anjum.
He was arrested in Pakistan in 2009 in connection with the attack on Mumbai after the lone surviving gunman identified Lakhvi as the mastermind of the attack. Lakhvi was in Pakistan’s top-security Adiala Jail in the city of Rawalpindi, adjacent to the capital, Islamabad.
He is also the accused of overseeing the 2006 train bombings in Mumbai, in which over 200 people were killed and 700 injured.
The court’s verdict came two day after Pakistan saw one of its biggest ever militant attacks. The attack happened in an Army-run school of Peshawar in which at least 141 people including 132 students were killed.
India’s response to the Court’s verdict
India condemned the verdict and immediately called upon Pakistan to take steps to reverse the decision of granting bail to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. It said that release of Lakhvi on bail is unacceptable to India and is very unfortunate.
When: 18 December 2014