Pakistan appeals bail for Mumbai attacks suspect

2014-12-19 12:49
An Indian policeman stands guard outside the Mumbai High Court, which has begun hearing an appeal by the only surviving gunman from the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks against his death sentence. (Rafiq Maqbool, AP)

An Indian policeman stands guard outside the Mumbai High Court, which has begun hearing an appeal by the only surviving gunman from the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks against his death sentence. (Rafiq Maqbool, AP)

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Islamabad - A Pakistani government prosecutor said on Friday that he will challenge a court order granting bail to the alleged mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai.

A judge in an Islamabad anti-terror court granted bail on Thursday to Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, accused of masterminding the siege on India's commercial capital that left 166 people dead.

The court order drew swift condemnation from New Delhi, which urged the Pakistani government to appeal.

"I am completing all the legal formalities and then I will challenge this order in Islamabad on Monday," government prosecutor Mohammad Azhar Chaudhry told AFP.

The 60-hour assault on Mumbai was blamed on the banned Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Relations between the two nuclear-armed rivals worsened dramatically after the carnage, in which 10 gunmen attacked luxury hotels, a popular cafe, a train station and a Jewish centre.

Read more on:    lashkar-e-taiba  |  pakistan  |  india  |  mumbai attacks

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