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26/11 mastermind Lakhvi to stay in jail

26/11 mastermind Lakhvi to stay in jail
A Pakistani court on Friday dismissed the plea of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi against his detention under a public security act, keeping the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack in jail till mid-April.

Lahore High Court (LHC) judge Mahmood Maqbool Bajwa dismissed 55-year-old Lakhvi’s plea against his detention under Maintenance of Public Ordinance (MPO) by the Punjab government on March 14. The judge had reserved his judgement early in the day after?hearing the arguments of Lakhvi’s counsel advocate Raja Rizwan Abbasi and law officer Khawar Ikram Bhatti.

“The court issued a short order announcing dismissal of Lakhvi’s petition. The detailed issue will be issued later,” a court official told PTI.  Lakhvi had on Thursday challenged his detention in the LHC and prayed to it set aside the Punjab home department’s order for being “illegal and a violation of Islamabad High Court order”. “The government had detained my client for four times since he got bail in the Mumbai attack case,” Abbasi said, adding the government had detained Lakhvi under pressure from India and the US. The law officer argued that Lakhvi was a prime accused in Mumbai terror attack and his release (on bail) could trigger serious law and order problem in the province.

The Punjab government on March 14 detained Lakhvi for another 30 days under the Maintenance of Public Order, before he could be released from Adiala Jail Rawalpindi on the IHC order.

IHC Judge Noorul Haq Qureshi on March 13 suspended the federal government’s order to detain Lakhvi and ordered his immediate release. India had strongly reacted to the IHC’s ruling, saying the overwhelming evidence against Lakhvi has not been presented properly before court by Pakistani agencies.

On December 18, 2014, the trial court (Anti-Terrorism Court-I, Islamabad) granted bail to Lakhvi but he was detained next day under the MPO. However, the IHC suspended Lakhvi?s detention on “weak legal ground”.

Just before he was to be released from Adiala Jail, Lakhvi was arrested on charges of kidnapping an Afghan national in 2009. He also got bail in the kidnapping case.

Man gets death for committing blasphemy

 A Pakistani man was on Friday sentenced to death by a court here on charges of committing blasphemy.

Additional District and Sessions judge Lahore Naveed Iqbal handed down death sentence to Liaquat Ali after the prosecution produced evidence and witnesses against him. Ali, a resident of Mughalpura area of Lahore, was arrested in 2012 on the complaint of an area prayer leader. The court acquitted co-accused Abdul Shakoor on the benefit of doubt. There has been a rise in blasphemy cases in the country.

Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer and Federal Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bbhatti were also assassinated after they were accused of raising voices against Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws.



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