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Lakhvi sent for 14-day judicial remand

02 January, 2015

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ISLAMABAD: A local court on Thursday sent Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of Mumbai attacks, on a 14-day judicial remand in a six-year-old ‘kidnapping’ case.

The order came as Lakhvi’s two-day physical remand in the kidnapping case expired today. The physical remand was ordered when Lakhvi was awaiting release as the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had suspended his detention under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) law.

Although the police had asked the judicial magistrate for a five-day physical remand, the court ordered Lakhvi to a 14-day judicial remand. He will be presented in court again on January 15. Earlier on Thursday morning, the government challenged the suspension of the detention order for Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in Supreme Court.

The appeal was moved on behalf of interior secretary, district magistrate ICT and SSP Islamabad against the Islamabad High Court order. The petitioners contended that high court’s order was illegal and liable to be set aside, adding that the court had passed the order on a complete misreading of the law, without due consideration of the relevant facts and circumstances.

The petition stated that without prejudice to the case registered against the respondent under the law, Lakhvi is accused in an offence committed outside Pakistan. The government also said that it is a well-settled law that in such matters the courts should follow the footsteps of the executive and should not appeal against the decision of the executive.

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