Lashker-e-Taiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, one of seven suspects facing trial in connection with the Mumbai terror attacks, today filed an application seeking the transfer of his case from Rawalpindi to this eastern Pakistani city due to a purported threat to his life.
Lakhvi's lawyer Khwaja Sultan filed the application in the Lahore High Court that alleged LeT commander faced a threat to his life as a number of agents of the Indian spy agency Research and Analyses Wing were present in Rawalpindi.
The application said the case against Lakhvi should be transferred from an anti-terror court in Rawalpindi to Lahore and that he should be shifted to a jail in this eastern city.
Lakhvi also complained that authorities at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, where he is currently being held, were not allowing him to meet his lawyer.
Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif, who heard the application, issued notices to the federal Interior Secretary, Attorney General and Advocate General of Punjab province to respond to Lakhvi's plea at the next hearing, which has been scheduled for January 21.
The Chief Justice also issued notice to the superintendent of Adiala Jail and directed him to allow Lakhvi to meet his lawyer.