Unnecessary hype created on grant of bail to Lakhvi: Pakistan

Pakistan on Thursday said it was vigorously pursuing the 2008 Mumbai attack case and described as "unfortunate" the "hype" created on grant of bail to Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the deadly assault.

PTI| Last Updated: Jan 01, 2015, 20:38 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said it was vigorously pursuing the 2008 Mumbai attack case and described as "unfortunate" the "hype" created on grant of bail to Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the deadly assault.

"The case is sub-judice. It is unfortunate that an unnecessary hype was created on grant of bail to Lakhvi. These are legal matters and media trials serve no purpose. We should wait for the outcome of the case. The case is progressing well," Foreign Office (FO) spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said.

She also accused India of not sharing findings of Samjhauta Express terrorist attack probe with Pakistan.

"I may also draw your attention to a totally different situation with regard to the Samjhauta Express terrorist attack in which close fifty Pakistanis were killed. The investigations and the confession of the mastermind of the attack, Swami Aseemanad pointed to the involvement of Indian military officers and some organisations linked to major political parties," Aslam said replying to a question.

"Yet, Aseemanad was granted bail on 28th August 2014. Although Samjhota Express terrorist attack happened more than two years before Mumbai attack, it is very disappointing that India has not shared findings of Samjhauta Express terrorist attack investigations despite assurances at the highest level," she said.

"We do not draw comparisons and do not take a similar approach. The Mumbai case is being pursued vigorously by prosecution," the spokeswoman said.

Lakhvi, 54, was granted bail on December 18 in the Mumbai attack case but was detained under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO). He challenged his detention under MPO in the Islamabad High Court which on Monday suspended the government order, evoking a strong reaction from India.

Pakistan government today challenged Islamabad High Court's order suspending Lakhvi's detention.

He was today sent to 14 days judicial custody in an abduction case that will keep him in jail.