US expresses 'grave concern' over Lakhvi's release by Pak

  • PTI, Washington
  • Updated: Apr 11, 2015 19:12 IST

Expressing grave concern over the release of Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the US has asked Pakistan to follow through on its commitment to bring the perpetrators of the assault to justice.

"We are gravely concerned about the release on bail of alleged Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi," State Department acting spokesperson Jeff Rathke told reporters at his daily news conference.

"We have communicated that concern to senior Pakistani officials over the course of many months, and as recently as yesterday (Friday)," he said.

"Terrorist attacks are an assault on the collective safety and security of all countries. Pakistan has pledged its cooperation in bringing the perpetrators, financiers, and sponsors of the Mumbai terrorist attacks to justice, and we urge Pakistan to follow through on that commitment to ensure justice for the 166 innocent people, including six Americans, who lost their lives," he said on Friday.

"...certainly bringing the perpetrators of the Mumbai terrorist attacks to justice is a key priority, and we stand by that. So, we'll continue working in that direction," he said replying to a question.

Responding to questions, Rathke refused to comment on the "consequences or repercussions" for Pakistan for not following through on its commitment as reflected by Lakhvi's release.

"We are gravely concerned about this development," he said.

55-year-old Lakhvi, who guided 10 LeT gunmen from a control room in Pakistan during 26/11, walked free on Friday after being under detention for six years, a day after a Pakistani court ordered his release.

Lakhvi, a close relative of LeT founder and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, was arrested in December, 2008 and was indicted along with six others on November 25, 2009, in connection with the 26/11 attack that claimed 166 lives. The trial has been underway since 2009.

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