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