Punjab govt challenges Lakhvi's release
(3 years ago)
Islamabad, Apr 14 : In a significant development, the Punjab government has challenged the Lahore High Court's (LHC) release orders for 26/11 Mumbai attack plotter Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, media reports said on Tuesday.
The petition in connection with the matter has been filed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
"The petition filed by the Punjab Home Department maintains that there was sufficient evidence against Lakhvi but LHC's Justice Anwarul Haq had ignored it and ordered his release on April 10," Dawn News reported.
"The petition requests that the LHC's decision to release Lakhvi be suspended with the top court permitting to restore his detention under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO)," the news paper said.
The 2008 Mumbai attacks were twelve coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across Mumbai by members of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation, began on Wednesday, Nov 26, 2008 and lasted until Saturday, Nov 29, 2008, killing 164 people and wounding at least 308.
Eight of the attacks occurred in South Mumbai - at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital (a women and children's hospital), the Nariman House Jewish community centre, the Metro Cinema, and a lane behind the Times of India building and St. Xavier's College.
There was also an explosion at Mazagaon, in Mumbai's port area, and in a taxi at Vile Parle.