Islamabad: Just hours after Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was re-arrested in a kidnapping case, the mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case on Thursday challenged his detention order in a Pakistani court.
After Lakhvi was on Tuesday remanded to two-day physical custody of the Islamabad Police in connection with a six-year-old case of kidnapping, his lawyer Rizwan Abbasi had said that Lakhvi will appeal against the order claiming that he was the victim of manipulation and was “being deprived of fundamental rights due to internal pressure”.
Lakhvi's re-arrest in a kidnapping case came two days after the Islamabad High Court on Monday issued an interim order to cancel his detention notification, paving the way for his release out of jail.
Upset with the detention order cancellation of 26/11 mastermind, India's Ministry of External Affairs had summoned Pakistan's High Commissioner Abdul Basit.
India said that it expected Pakistan to abide by the commitment that expeditious steps would be taken to bring all those responsible for the heinous acts of terrorism in Mumbai to justice.
After which the Islamabad Police filed an FIR against Lakhvi, alleging him to be involved in the kidnapping of a man called “Anwar” nearly six years ago. He was booked under Section 365 of the Pakistan Penal Code, as per reports. The Pakistan government prosecutors argued before the court that Anwar was kidnapped by Lakhvi to be part of jihad.
Just a couple of days after the heinous Taliban massacre of Peshawar school kids, the Pakistan ATC had granted bail to Lakhvi and six others accused of planning, financing and helping to execute the carnage in Mumbai in 2008 on December 18.
Lakhvi was arrested by Pakistan after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and has since been serving jail in Rawalpindi.
While Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed masterminded the Mumbai terror attack, it was Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, who was the handler of all ten gunmen who came ashore Mumbai that fateful night and was also in touch with them throughout the massacre.