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Lakhvi, a free man for now

Updated Apr 10, 2015 09:53pm


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Lakhvi was handed over to members of the Jamatud Dawa after his release from Adiala jail. ─ AP/File
Lakhvi was handed over to members of the Jamatud Dawa after his release from Adiala jail. ─ AP/File

RAWALPINDI: Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was released from Adiala jail on Friday following the Lahore High Court's dismissal of detention orders issued against him by the Okara DCO on March 14.

A central leader of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), Lakhvi was released from the prison early this morning after furnishing Rs2 million in surety bonds. According to jail authorities, following his release he was picked up by JuD members amid tight security with his current location not known.

Prior to his release today, the LHC orders were confirmed with Chief Secretary Punjab Khizar Hayat Gondal, who provided the clearance for the JuD leader's release.

However, a case against Lakhvi is still pending in the Islamabad High Court. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had filed an appeal in the IHC in January seeking cancellation of the bail granted to Lakhvi by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Dec 2014. He had paid surety bonds worth Rs500,000 before he was released on bail at the time. If the IHC decides to cancel the bail granted to him by the ATC, he could be re-arrested.

The Punjab government had previously maintained that Lakhvi was detained based on 'sensitive information' provided by intelligence agencies.

Justice Anwarul Haq of the LHC had directed the government's counsel to submit record of the information to the court which was also presented in the IHC in the past. After assessing that information, the IHC had ordered Lakhvi's bail.

Also read: Court seeks ‘sensitive’ reports on Lakhvi

The LHC has upheld the stance that if this sensitive information was reliable, the IHC would not have accepted Lakhvi's bail plea. Subsequently, the LHC ordered Lakhvi's release based on lack of reliability of the sensitive information provided. It remains unclear whether the LHC went through the 'sensitive information' provided to the IHC.

India condemns release

India condemned Lakhvi's release deeming it an "insult" to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

“This is a very disappointing announcement. An insult to the victims of 26/11 Mumbai attack. The global community should take serious note of Pakistan's double-speak on terrorism,” said an Indian home ministry spokesperson who asked not to be named.

Pakistan annuls India's criticism

Pakistan, while reacting to Indian remarks over Lakhvi’s release, said it would not be proper to cast aspersions on Pakistan’s commitment to countering terrorism at a time when Pakistan has entered a critical stage of defeating the menace of terrorism.

Answering the concerns of Indian ministry spokesman, Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasneem Alsam reminded India that the case of Mumbai attack suspects is subjudice.

She said “inordinate delay in extending cooperation by India complicated the case and weakened the prosecution”. "We respect the judicial process and are confident that it would serve the interest of justice," she said.

Lakhvi is among the seven persons charged with planning and helping carry out the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The six other men facing trial in Adiala Jail for their alleged involvement in Mumbai attacks are Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Younas Anjum, Jamil Ahmed, Mazhar Iqbal and Abdul Majid.

At the time of the attacks, Lakhvi was believed to be the operational head of the banned Laskhar-i-Taiba (LT) that has been accused by India of carrying out the attacks in India's financial capital.

Lakhvi along with Zarar Shah was allegedly the key planner of the attack that killed 166 people.


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Haider Rehman Apr 10, 2015 04:01pm

As a Pakistani, I sympathise with all Indians regarding all incidents of terror. As Pakistanis we know all too well. But without evidence, you can't keep a man in jail. If India has evidence, she MUST provide evidence. Either give it to courts or openly give it. A man is innocent until proven guilty under both Pakistani and Indian law.

Mian Apr 10, 2015 04:06pm

There is no reason to keep him in the jail unless he is proven guilty.

sandeep Apr 10, 2015 04:09pm

Such a shame. No words to describe

indian Apr 10, 2015 04:17pm

Surprise me!!!

rukhsar Apr 10, 2015 04:20pm

Not fair.

Amit sharma Apr 10, 2015 04:31pm

no comment now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anwar Apr 10, 2015 04:32pm

Blame politics without fair trail should be discourage between PK and India.

Factual Apr 10, 2015 04:38pm

Sad it is to let the man go free however this is the court decision. Government did try to keep him under arrest. It will be unfair to blame entire Pakistan for his release. There is little that could be done if court decides otherwise.

Shakil Apr 10, 2015 04:44pm

No one is free if they are on bail! many criminals get bails dont know why this becomes international news when he only given a bail not acquitted!

Objective Apr 10, 2015 05:14pm

The Pakistan Govt refuses to prove voice samples to India which is amazing. Also, if the Govt does not present the proper evidence the judge has no choice but to release him. It is too bad but the Govt seems complicit and part of this whole charade. Nothing good can come put of this.

Paul Apr 10, 2015 05:23pm

Extremely disappointing.

Ridah Apr 10, 2015 05:24pm

May the justice prevails!

sanjay taneja Apr 10, 2015 05:58pm

Very disappointed

John Apr 10, 2015 06:02pm

Can someone explain me that why JUD receive him? If I am correct he was chief of LeT group. are Let and JUD same?

John Apr 10, 2015 06:21pm

@Shakil Dear, who would be responsible if he does something wrong while on bail? Don't you think it will hurt image of Pakistan further?

Sonny Afridi Apr 10, 2015 06:31pm

india shouldn't feel insulted about Lakhvi thing since they provided no evidence about his involvement. They should be insulted that 26/11 was an inside job. The truth will prevail sooner or later just like it did regarding mass unmarked graves in occupied Kashmir as well as what are known as "fake encounters" by their occupation forces

Sonny Afridi Apr 10, 2015 06:33pm

@John LeT doesn't exist. It was banned in Pakistan though it still exists somewhat in occupied Kashmir where it originated

Kalandar Apr 10, 2015 06:33pm

why he is not handed over to military court?

alladitta Apr 10, 2015 06:34pm

This is not good news for positive engagement and confidence building among India and Pakistan. I think India is going to break off all ties, maybe not officially but practically.

Sonny Afridi Apr 10, 2015 06:35pm

@John we don't require lecture from you about "image" or about pre-release or post-release policies. He's out on bail and I'm sure will be monitored. These are our internal affairs, not for you to comment on

Dabangg Apr 10, 2015 06:44pm

@Sonny Afridi And how do you know all this?

MyTake Apr 10, 2015 06:54pm

No concrete action by Pak for Mumbai attacks. Precisely the reason why India not interested having Cricket with Pakistan nor the IPL. The ball has always been in Pakistan court.

malick Apr 10, 2015 06:54pm

Lukhvi I expect peace teaching from u and your friends. congratulation.

JOhn Apr 10, 2015 06:55pm

Its not insult for India, i feel sorry for Pakistani population, there govt is not doing justice to them by letting people like Lakhvi out.

Same on you Pakistani governance.

Anup Apr 10, 2015 06:56pm

A 'national hero' is released !!! Now keep dreaming about normalization of ties.

abraKadabra Apr 10, 2015 07:00pm

@Sonny Afridi Well this is the problem which is inside u and Pakistan in general...Denying any wrong doing... anyways we all know who is paying the ultimate cost of this... sooner you realize the faster you become civilized... anyways God mercy on u

Pankaj Apr 10, 2015 07:01pm

@Sonny Afridi : LeT doesn't exist. It was banned in Pakistan though it still exists somewhat in occupied Kashmir where it originated

Which occupied Kashmir? Pakistan Occupied Kashmir?

sanjay taneja Apr 10, 2015 07:10pm

@Sonny Afridi earth is flat and unicorns exist!

Noori Apr 10, 2015 07:27pm

If there is no evidence then why to detain a person just over Indian pressure. Good decision

Rana Ji Apr 10, 2015 07:55pm

Indians If you have any credible proof, Kindly handover to Pakistani Government. We can not detain the person per your wishes.

Ram Apr 10, 2015 08:10pm

Lakhvi is Pak's problem. Let them keep him why Indian's are all bent out of shape. Govt of India is not like Israel who will pursue and take someone like him out in jail or out of Jail.

anonymous Apr 10, 2015 08:18pm

@MyTake, sadly they don't care about anything, including their own well being! When things are this bad, and can not really get much worse, one has no idea what will prompt them to take any actions! Very sadly, it seems like a hopeless case.

anonymous Apr 10, 2015 08:21pm

@Mian, the irony is that they have no desire to conduct any trial, and declare him innocent or guilty - they are just doing that on purpose, as neither of the verdict is what Pakistan wants to hear. So keep kicking the can down the road!

Girish Apr 10, 2015 08:31pm

@John Hmmm...., YES !!!!

Sid Apr 10, 2015 08:35pm

Don't make this about India but think of it as a terrorist who is responsible for killing 166 innocent people is released and is smirking at everyone (Indian or Paksitani) and thinking that he can get away with anything !! He is emboldened to do this again, and this time it could be in Pakistan as well..

Dave Apr 10, 2015 08:38pm

I miss comments from ZAK.The article has been published what 4 hours ago and yet no comment from ZAK and his fellow comrades. He and his comrades are really funny reads.Takes my tension off when I read their comments...but I guess Sonny Afridi is rooting their cause and speaking for them for the time being.

On the +ve side, even though I am Indian, I must congratulate and respect Dawn. It is probably the best newspaper with fair and honest opinions in the entire subcontinent. Our own so called "respected" TIMES OF INDIA is becoming like a Brit tabloid day by day with more stress on raunchy stuff. Whereas Dawn publishes blogs, articles, etc. which are eye openers and mindblowing. For e.g., the other day I read the blog "Pakistan Culture: Evolution, transformation and mutation..." and it was such a well written and wonderful article with such nostalgic pictures. I still can't believe that Pakistan was so open and broad minded in the early 70s. Never knew it. (Part 1)

Dave Apr 10, 2015 08:40pm

@Sonny Afridi: Do you understand the simple fact that there are certain crimes for which there can't be no bail in developed countries (e.g. murder or rape for instance) even if he is an alleged perpetrator UNTIL he is proven innocent because there is no guarantee that he wouldn't do it again while on bail.

@ TO THE INDIANS: The court in Pakistan has to follow procedures. They cannot hang for an alleged crime or put them behind bars for indefinitely. As far as this case is understand, the prosecuting authorities failed to give enough evidence (after 90 days) to justify his imprisonment. Remember he was not being held for Mumbai attacks but for other charges. So the court did the right thing.

@ TO THE PAKISTANIS: Two things - 1. If you think this pseduo-Islamic policy is the what is right for Pakistanis then you are insulting the founding father of Pakistan. Was he not westernized? Did he keep growing beard and wore traditional garb all the time? (Part 2)

Dave Apr 10, 2015 08:41pm

If I am not mistaken he probably over 300 pieces of suits in his collection. But was he not a true Muslim? Maybe not in the eyes of these pseudo-Muslims (aka terrorists) who beat up women, force men to grow beard and loads of stuff which defies logic but proves stupidity. The same thing holds true for some of our own pseudo-Hindus. Think for yourself and decide.

  1. Many Pakistanis tend to believe that the person concerned in this case is innocent and it is a plot by India to tarnish the image of Pakistan by using him as a scapegoat. If that is true, then the rest of the world wouldn't agree with India. I am not privy to what evidence India has provided to either Pakistan or the rest of the world but since other sane countries believe in India's version, I must agree with India on this one. (Part 3)
Dave Apr 10, 2015 08:41pm

Ending Note: Dawn please do keep up with the good work. It is always refreshing to read Dawn after a hard day's work just to relax and chuckle reading Zak's (and his friends here) comments. Kudos to you!!!

Dave from India

Kris Apr 10, 2015 08:41pm

It's decisions like this that turn away even moderate Indian's who are seeking better ties with Pakistan. They could have tried him in a military court. Perhaps military court is only meant for "bad" terrorists?

Nagesh Apr 10, 2015 08:42pm

Ummmm......I pity Pakistanis. God bless you!

Kashif Apr 10, 2015 08:50pm

@sandeep Due process was followed but other than allegations no real evidence was provided to prosecution by India. Several attempts were made but all in vain so there is no logic in keeping this man behind bars. What is a bigger shame is lack of India's interest to even open trial or continue investigation of "Samjutha Express mass murder" on Indian soil by rogue Indian state actors. When are we going to see justice on that front? When will Col. Prohit and RAW brought to justice?

Kashif Apr 10, 2015 08:52pm

@alladitta Where do you live.... India never had any ties or shown any desire to maintain such ties. THere is no change for Pakistan and this nation should not take any dictation from a foe... Lets see if they show guts to procecute "SAMJUTHA EXPRESS" mass murder of Pakistanis on Indian soil.

Kashif Apr 10, 2015 08:53pm

@Dabangg Ask a relevant question otherwise please dont waste space.

Vishal Apr 10, 2015 08:56pm

It is quite possible that he is just a pawn, the real masterminds are elsewhere.

Sanjoy Sankar Guha Apr 10, 2015 08:58pm

@Shakil Is he on bail or has he been released. It appears that he has been released.

rkn Apr 10, 2015 08:59pm

In Pakistan a terrorists will always walk free, that is how justice system works in Pakistan unfortunately. This policy will come back and bite Pakistan over time, if not immediately.

ExPat Apr 10, 2015 09:02pm

Sad news. Try him in military courts. We need to get rid of any bad element in the society once and for all.

Arjun Apr 10, 2015 09:05pm

India must recall its ambassador from Pakistan, and expel the Pakistani ambassador from India.

Sunil Apr 10, 2015 09:10pm

@Sonny Afridi Pakistan court would not take Indian any evidence provided. If 26/11 is inside job, then who is Azmal Mohammad Kasab? Even 9/11 according to Muslim experts was inside job, then Peshawar school attacks too is an inside job.

Sunil Apr 10, 2015 09:11pm

@Sonny Afridi All are still active in a country like Pakistan, working under the shadows.

Suresh Mishra Apr 10, 2015 09:12pm

He was never arrested to begin with. I do't know why they are making big news out of it.

People who think he was arrested have no clue what pakistan establishment are upto...

Brahmin Apr 10, 2015 09:12pm

something in me says this is the key event that will eventually trigger a nuclear war.

Raj Apr 10, 2015 09:13pm

Release of Lakhvi is more harmful for Pakistan than India.It is bad example for future relation and action.

Skull Apr 10, 2015 09:17pm

@Sonny Afridi People like you believe 9/11 was insider job, earth is flat, moon is rectangular, gravity is non existent, fishes swim in desert sand and what not

Sunil Apr 10, 2015 09:39pm

The trail started in 2008 with eight judges changed, and one of the judge received threats, who refused to resume. And one of main prosecutor was assassinated. This is how the justice system works in Pakistan.

Tariq Apr 10, 2015 09:54pm

A sad day for world. Criminals are getting free. This will haunt Pakistan in future.

jagmohan Apr 10, 2015 10:08pm

@Sony Afridi...........Lakhvi's release may prove curse to steps being taken by Pakistan to fight terrorism .This may provide impetus to terrorists on run or on ground and the Government wanted him in lock up.YOUR remark about insider job is malacious and mischievous, some 166,mostly foreign tourists perished in the hell fire.The attackers with suicide mission and one live were seen by every body.Telephonic conversations and instructions to attackers were intercepted by some countries and handed over, besides other evidence.Reportedly Lakhvi produced a child while in jail,if true,how it happened?Pakistan Govt.did put him in jail twice before, being convinced of his hand. The whole world is looking at the case.Any way still there is belief that Pakistan government will not sit silent and pursue the matter to seek justice.

Krishna Apr 10, 2015 10:13pm

@abraKadabra He is too young......does not understand that they are digging their own grave.......Unfortunate, but true...even after so many incidents, some people are in a denial mode.

karur Apr 10, 2015 10:31pm

It is as important that justice is seen to be done as i is that justice is done! In the courts of Indian hearts, Pakistan has not grasped the pain .Judges operate onechnicalities of the law but people go by what they know i.e JeT was responsile for the Mumbai carnage. Eqaully, people in Pakistan know that Taliban caused the carnage in Peshawar,irrespective of the courts. If Pakistan is seeking justice in this matter, deal with genuine pain

RR Apr 10, 2015 10:31pm

As per India's own investigations, their in service people were involved in Samjhoota express attack. Not just that, those are not even being tried! No case against them in any court.

and look at the comments here about Pakistani efforts.

farhan Apr 10, 2015 10:39pm

India orchestrated the attack on Sri Lankan team. Why is our government tight lipped about it?

Ammy Apr 10, 2015 10:41pm

I agree with Dave, missing Zak's amusing comments.

And then Pakistan claims , it's victim of terrorism.

Dabangg Apr 10, 2015 10:45pm

@Shakil Criminals do get bail but not for serious accusations. Do you think Tsarnaev got bail?

Denali Apr 10, 2015 10:45pm

Amazing - the Executive, Military and the Judiciary are totally out of sync as far as Terrorism is concerned. Saeed, Aziz, Lakhvi and others are free to do whatever.

Honest Apr 10, 2015 10:45pm

@Sonny Afridi Blind man sees nothing but darkness around him. What proof do you need? Phone calls, voice excerpts?? All these were the basis of arrest.

vinz Apr 10, 2015 11:11pm

@Sonny Afridi when terrorists killed 100s of innocent kids there, that was also your internal affair but everybody sympathized with you, at least now pak should refrain from giving shelter to these terrorists.

SD Apr 10, 2015 11:36pm

This is a shame for Pakistani people and for Pakistan as a country. You have proven again that the society as a whole agrees with the radicals and terrorist till they don't target them. I am also amazed reading so many Pakistani people in this thread trying to defend and in some case celebrating this decision. No surprise that people around the world generalize Pakistanis with terrorism. It's sad what Pakistan has become in last 60+ years.

raja hindustani Apr 10, 2015 11:38pm

Lakhvi was anyhow getting royal treatment inside the jail & he was full in touch with outer world. It hardly matter if he gets released from jail. Anyhow, I doesn't have any hope in his trail.

sana Apr 10, 2015 11:54pm

@Anup Nobody is interested in that....

Sagar Apr 10, 2015 11:54pm

There are individuals who have carried out Genocide against their minorities and are currently prime minister. Why are these individuals making hue and cry when the matter is sunjudice.

sana Apr 10, 2015 11:55pm

@sanjay taneja yeah like in India

sana Apr 10, 2015 11:58pm

@Dabangg "@Sonny Afridi And how do you know all this?"

Anyone having a little know-how about how things work in Pakistan can tell this..

TK Apr 11, 2015 12:19am

You expect me to believe the courts are independent in Pakistan? These are the same courts that handed an ex-PM his death sentence at the behest of a military ruler. These are the same courts that time again legitimize dictators. What could be more ludicrous that a court upholding the abrogation of the very constitution that it is supposed to operate within the framework of? That, for you, is the Pakistani court system -- a joke.

This decision is clearly at the behest of the Army, the one and only permanent institution in Pakistan. Once the $1B arms package was in the bag, the Army saw no reason to keep Lakhvi in jail. Once again, the Army is playing with fire.

To the average educated reasonable Pakistani, which is the vast majority of the readership here: Take control of your country, or find a way to immigrate to a civilized country to take the legs out of the criminal state that you find yourselves in. But for God's sake don't justify this decision.

M.Saeed Apr 11, 2015 12:24am

According to India, first Hafiz Saeed was the master-mind and now they changed their mind and made Lakhvi the mind behind 26/11 ! What a durable mind with consistency in changing mind.

sanchari Apr 11, 2015 12:35am

I am sure he will be more detrimental to Pakistan than India

Imran Apr 11, 2015 01:13am

If there is no concrete evidence against Lakhvi then how can he be put in jail? It is very bothersome to me if he was not involved in the Mumbai carnage then why he was being tried? Mumbai attack took place in 2008. Samjhauta Express bombing carried out in 2007 and there was no any action against the culprits by the then indian government. Both India and Pakistan need to sincerely cooperate with each other if they want a real change in their relationship. In other case, incriminating policies will continue to the loss of two important neighbours.

Khawar Apr 11, 2015 02:12am

@Dabangg Tasarnev didn't get bail because he was directly involved in a crime in the US. Lakhvi was never personally involved in any attack in India. Hence, he got his bail. In fact, Lakhvi was physically located in a separate country at the time of incident.

CYRUS Apr 11, 2015 03:26am

All that happened here is Pakistan showing all governments around the world it does not care about being a credible nation and cannot be trusted.

CYRUS Apr 11, 2015 03:30am


It is disgusting.
He had access to visits, TV, cell phones, use of a special room to greet associates, money and special food. He was more than innocent in jail, but free to do what he wanted because in Pakistan he is a hero.

syed Apr 11, 2015 03:38am

@Haider Rehman Evidence provided by India was not submitted by Pakistani authitiries to the court delebrately.

mviewer Apr 11, 2015 04:13am

Respect court orders. Period.

Zahid.USA Apr 11, 2015 04:31am

I am ashamed myself today as a Pakistani and as a human being. The man who is responsible for the murders of hundreds of people is set free. It does not matter if the people killed are from Mumbai or Lahore. Fact is, they were innocent and did not deserve to die. This man and several others were also responsible to bring two neighboring nations to the fine edge of war and they should also should have been tried for that as well. Everyone's life matters, we the pakistani people have a duty to never ever support a person who has comitted such a horrible crime of killing innocent people randomly. Hafiz Saed walking freely in the streets of Lahore is a curse for the people of lahore and pakistanis. No matter what, We must stand up for justice. Everybody knows what happened in Mumbai and everybody knows who was responsible for that.

Zahid.USA Apr 11, 2015 04:33am

@John They have proven by this act that they are the same so, the answer is proven to be YES

Zak Apr 11, 2015 04:57am

@vinz but how after this;

former Indian investigator Satish Verma of Home Minister has disclosed that a member of the indian secret service team had accused ,Indian governments staged terror attack on Lok Sabha and the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai. Notably, over 300 people were killed and injured during the attacks. However, the alleged responsible for attacks Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru were apprehended without giving access to pakistani lawyers trying to make sense of indian supplied evidence, which is to amateurish to stand up in a professional court of law.

Kalandar Apr 11, 2015 05:28am

As a Pakistani I would like to know why JuD chief Syed and LeT mastermind are roaming free in Pakistan? They have millions bounty on their heads by US and Europe. They are part of UN list of banned terrorists and person of interest. Afganistan want them for the crimes they commited in their country. Why the organizations they represent are allowed to flourish? These organizations are anti minority too.

GREEN JAGUAR Apr 11, 2015 05:38am

Our courts and judges freed a man who may well be innocent of all charges which the Indian govt. has no right to manipulate, especially since every third day we're hearing from the India that this person or that person was the "mastermind" behind the Mumbai Taj attacks and yet the Indians never allowed Pakistan to examine and question any of the "evidence" nor the accused at any time.

The Indian govt. knows full well the Mumbai Taj attacks were home based, and for too long they have been clutching at straws and gasping for air .. while making Pakistanis their scapegoat. Sheer incompetence on part of Indian investigators, lawyers and police take the cake on such heinous, unproven accusations which don't hold water ... akin to a sieve with millions of holes!

rakus Apr 11, 2015 05:42am

@Haider Rehman You are wrong. If there were no evidence, he would not be in jail for a single day. Do you think he would have been put to jail without any evidence at all. The question is - based on the evidence, can you determine if he is guilty? and that should be decision of pakistan's court not india. The court in Pakistan should detain him until such a decision is made. Once they find that the evidence is not good enough to prove him guilty, he should be set free without bail.

However, because of the animosity to India, every pakistani somehow tries to justify any wrong doing as right as long as it is against india. The point is - should justice system be fair or not to people who are not pakistanis? If it is not fair, it will harm pakistan more than it harms India as it is pakistan's justice system. It must be completely impartial and fair without any pressure. Having such a justice system in Pakistan will not be good for India, it will be good only for Pakistan's future.

Raja Farhat Abbas Apr 11, 2015 06:09am

@Noori I agree with you.

dipak Apr 11, 2015 06:28am

A country who gives shelter to worlds most danger man on its soil, who allowed extremist to deliver hate speech against nonmuslims specially indians and usa and other countries, who not interesting in taking action and treat him as secret weapon toward india, and since independence even after receiving billions and billions dollars from foreigns aids and have not utilise that amount on poor peoples welfare and education to employment etc etc , and a country rulers who use tanks tops guns fighter jets except n. bombs towards their own people, to expect justice on inidan innocent killers in mumbai what to xpect. nothing sir. we will take action against those who damage us but not inidans from our soil, these are the word use by sartaj azis saheb. now no need to say. the present picture of country says every thing . country win the war against war on terrirism .by releasing this man.

Ayaz Apr 11, 2015 06:31am

Who said he was in jail?

SANJEEV AGGARWAL Apr 11, 2015 06:42am

For Indians this act of Pakistan Judiciary is not going to go well and the perception that the indians had about the Pakistan judiciary is going to take a hit. As regards the evidence against Lakhvi, there is abundant evidence against him. But if the investigating authorities and Pak Govt does not pursue and develop the evidence forwarded to them in form of voice samples and conversations, what one can do. The reputation of PAKISTAN is going to take a hit further if some concrete step is not taken on priority to keep this lakhvi behind bars.

jag chadha Apr 11, 2015 06:53am

Everyone here is missing the point. Do the people and the government of Pakistan realize what this does to the image of Pakistan in the world. No amount of argument about the lack of evidence will mitigate the damage to the already soiled image of Pakistan as a terrorist state. I was reading the comment on Yahoo about this news and 99% of responses were negative about this incident. What effect if will have on the growth of Pakistani exports.

kalyan Apr 11, 2015 07:14am

Lakhvi will now have a wonderful reunion with his "Strategic depth" mates. Deep inside I feel that not just Indians but Pakistanis are worried about this decision as well because if history is a guide these "Strategic depth" types do not keep quiet at all and they will insure that Pakistan plunge into deeper depths.

Siddharth Apr 11, 2015 07:16am

@Sonny Afridi I am not surprised at the release of this man. I am more surprised at the understanding of pakistani people. 26/11 was an indian inside evidence given by for India on lakhvi....well this is your decide what is wrong and what is not. We are just audience to what is happening in Pakistan...and what state Pakistan is in right now. Just ensure that this doesn't happen again. We have a very different man as pm now.

Mathur Apr 11, 2015 09:59am

@sandeep same for the indian army colonel in Samjota express.