26/11 plot­ter Lakhvi walks free in Pak­istan, In­dia dis­ap­pointed

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ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: Lashkare- Taiba ( LeT) com­man­der Zak­iur Rehman Lakhvi, the al­leged mas­ter­mind of the 26/11 Mumbai at­tacks, walked out of a Pak­istani jail on Fri­day af­ter a court or­dered his re­lease.

In­dia re­acted an­grily, say­ing his re­lease was an “in­sult” t o vic­tims of t he Mumbai car­nage and “re­in­forced the per­cep­tion that Pak­istan has a dual pol­icy” for deal­ing with ter­ror­ists who pose a threat to In­dia.

Lakhvi was freed from the high- se­cu­rity Adi­ala Jail in Rawalpindi, where he had been held since his ar­rest dur­ing an army raid on an LeT camp in Muzaffarab­ad a week af­ter the at­tacks on In­dia’s fi­nan­cial hub that killed 166 and in­jured hun­dreds.

The La­hore High Cour t or­dered Lakhvi’s re­lease on Thurs­day as the gov­ern­ment was un­able to con­vince it of the ev­i­dence link­ing him to the at­tacks. It or­dered his re­lease on the pay­ment of a Rs2 mil­lion ($20,000) bond.

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