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Cancel bail, India tells Pak

A day after the great India, Pakistan bonhomie, when the two nations stood together in grief over massacre of children by Taliban in Peshwar, on Thursday the feel good factor dissipated. A Pakistan anti-terror court on Thursday released Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, one of the masterminds behind 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, on bail “in the absence of evidence.”

Reacting strongly, New Delhi asked Pakistan to immediately take steps to reverse the decision.

The court order came just a day after Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said there is no “good and bad” Taliban. He made the statement after the Pakistani Taliban carried out the massacre in a Peshawar school leading to the death of 131 school children and 9 teachers. The court granted bail to Lakhvi on a bond of Pakistani Rs 500,000.

Terming the bail order unfortunate, Home minister Rajnath Singh said, “I hope there is an appeal filed in a higher court by the Pakistani government so that his bail is cancelled,” Singh said, adding, “After  the Peshawar attack, allowing bail to one of the main accused in the 26/11 attacks is unfortunate. I will speak to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj about this.” External affairs ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin asserted that there can be no selective approach to terrorism.
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