Lakhvi case is sub-judice, no need to jump the gun: Basit tells India

NEW DELHI:  Pakistan on Monday said India should “not jump the gun” as the case related to alleged Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi is “sub-judice.

India had conveyed its outrage after a court in Islamabad had earlier this month ordered release of Lakhvi, though he was later detained again for 30 days.

“The case is sub-judice. So let’s wait. Better not jump the gun,” Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit told reporters in New Delhi on the sidelines of a function.

On March 14 in Islamabad, authorities had detained Lakhvi for 30 more days under a public security order before he could be released from jail following a court directive to set him free.

Lakhvi was arrested in Pakistan in 2009 in connection with the alleged attack on Mumbai in which 166 people were killed.

Since then, he has been held in Adiyala Jail in Rawalpindi.

INP

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