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Pak court rejects Lakhvi's bail plea in abduction case

world Updated: Feb 14, 2015 02:40 IST


A Pakistani court on Friday rejected the bail plea of Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack who has been charged with abducting an Afghan national in 2009.

A lower court in Islamabad admitted on January 9 Lakhvi's application in the abduction case of Anwer Khan, an Afghan national, registered against him over six years ago, and granted him bail against the surety bonds worth Rs 2,00,000.

His counsel Raja Rizwan Abbasi subsequently filed an acquittal plea in the local court of Navid Khan, who had reserved the judgement after hearing both sides last Monday.

"Today (Friday) Mr Khan announced the verdict dismissing the acquittal plea of Lakhvi's," Abbasi said.

He said the Islamabad police had registered a fabricated case against his client and he would challenge the verdict in the high court.

Prosecutor Nabil Tabish, however, said the investigation in abduction case was still underway and the first information report (FIR) against Lakhvi could not be quashed till its completion.

According to the FIR, Muhammad Anwar Khan went missing from Thallan Syedan suburb here around six years ago. His brother-in-law Muhammad Daud - complainant of the case - accused Lakhvi behind his kidnapping.

Anwar used to visit the Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) office in Bhara Kahu where the group motivated him about Jihad and Lakhvi asked Anwar to get ready for it (Jihad) but he refused.

Lakhvi came along with his accomplices at his house and took Anwar with him, according to the FIR.