ISLAMABAD–Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday issued notices to the government as Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, challenged his detention orders.
On December 19, authorities had detained Lakhvi under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (3MPO) in Adiala jail for 30 days, shortly after he was granted bail by an anti-terrorism court (ATC).
Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi issued notice to the federation and directed it to file a reply by December 29.
Lakhvi, through his counsel Raja Rizwan Abbasi, had challenged his detention orders, contending that they are ‘illegal’. He argued that the ATC had granted his client bail, but the government had flouted the ATC’s orders by not releasing his client.
He requested the court to annul the detention orders.
However, Justice Qureshi observed that the court can not decide the matter without hearing version of the federal government and adjourned the hearing till December 29.
The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration had issued orders for Lakhvi’s detention. According to ICT official, the basic objective of the detention was to prevent Lakhvi from attending any public meeting and potentially regrouping.
Sources in the ICT administration said authorities had also requested the Punjab home department to issue orders for Lakhvi’s detention to prevent him from moving to his hometown, Okara.
Lakhvi is currently detained at the Adiala jail alongside six other suspects allegedly involved in the Mumbai attacks.