Police in Pakistan have detained the man accused of masterminding the deadly attack on Mumbai in 2008 on unrelated charges of kidnapping, a day after a court ordered Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi released.
Lakhvi was produced in court in Islamabad amid tight security and was later taken into protective custody. He is accused of kidnapping a man 6 1/2 years ago; a local court granted a police request today to detain Lakhvi for two days.
The move comes just a day after the Islamabad High Court ordered a conditional release for Lakhvi after his lawyers argued Monday that his continued detention — despite being granted bail on Dec. 18 — infringed on his rights.
That move incensed neighboring India, which protested the decision.
As we previously reported, “The case is particularly sensitive in India, which blames the Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Taiba for the 2008 attack in Mumbai that killed more than 160 people. Lakhvi was believed to be the group’s operational chief at the time. Lakhvi and six other men were arrested by Pakistan after the attacks, but the case against them has come to a standstill.”