Pakistani Appeal of Mumbai Mastermind Bail Next Week

Govt. prosecutor vows to file appeal of bail of terrorist behind Mumbai Massacre, which was delayed after he couldn't get bail ruling.

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Mumbai Chabad house after attack (file)
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A Pakistani government prosecutor said Wednesday he would file a petition next week challenging an order granting bail to the alleged mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai.

A judge in an Islamabad anti-terror court last week granted bail to Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, accused over the siege in India's commercial capital that left 166 people dead and was credited to the banned Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

The bail decision triggered a furious response from New Delhi and Pakistani prosecutors swiftly announced they would appeal against it.

"We will file a petition in Islamabad High Court next week," prosecutor Mohammad Azhar Chaudhry told AFP.

Chaudhry had originally planned to file the appeal on Monday, but had to delay it as he had not received a written copy of the bail ruling.

Relations between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India worsened dramatically after the Mumbai carnage, in which ten gunmen attacked luxury hotels, a popular cafe, a train station and the Chabad House in south Mumbai, where directors Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg hy''d and his pregnant wife Rivky hy''d were among the six murdered.

Lakhvi remains in custody in the high-security Adyala prison in the garrison city of Rawalpindi after the authorities ordered his detention under public order laws following the bail decision.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told lawmakers last week that the bail order came "as a shock to all those who believe in humanity world over."

New Delhi has long said there is evidence that "official agencies" in Pakistan were involved in plotting the attack.

Islamabad denies the charge but LeT's charitable arm Jamaat-ud-Dawa, seen as a front for the terror group, operates openly in the country.

Seven Pakistani suspects have been charged with planning and financing the attacks but the failure to advance their trials has been a major obstacle to better ties between Pakistan and India.

AFP contributed to this report.








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