Pakistan Grants Bail to Mastermind of Mumbai Attacks

MUMBAI, India (Los Angeles Times/TNS) -

A Pakistani court granted bail Thursday to the accused mastermind of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed harsh punishment for terrorists in the wake of the deadly massacre at a Pakistani school.

Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, one of seven Pakistani nationals accused of planning the attacks that killed 166 people in India’s financial capital, was released on $5,000 bail, despite the objections of the Pakistani government prosecutor.

Officials say Lakhvi was the operations commander for Lashkar-e-Taiba, a banned terrorist group that has long waged attacks against India.

Ironically, his release came a day after Sharif promised a new national counter-terrorism plan following the Peshawar killings, saying “our aim is to clean this region of terrorism.”