Lakhvi may be detained in another case



ISLAMABAD: The capital police are likely to detain leader Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attack case, in another case.

Lakhvi is scheduled to appear in the district and sessions court on Saturday in connection with the bail granted to him in a kidnapping case early this month, police officials said. Similarly, hearing of the new case is also scheduled in the same court.

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The case was registered with the Tarnol police on November 21, 2014, in response to a complaint filed by Noorul Rehman, a resident of Sara-i-Kharbooza, on November 10, 2014.

The complainant stated that on November 10 about two dozen people riding double-cabins raided his house. “I scaled the wall of the house and escaped and informed Rescue 15 at 5pm.”

Police find Lakhvi’s link in a house trespass case registered on Nov 21, 2014

He said the raiders introduced themselves as Taliban and threatened his sister and mother with dire consequences. The attackers also asked his family to withdraw cases he had lodged against his rivals Farman and Farhat Nigar. He alleged that the attackers were sent by his rivals to kill him and his family. “They should be held responsible if anything happens to me or my family.”

In response, the Tarnol police registered a case under section 452 and 506 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

When contacted by Dawn and asked if Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi or Taliban were behind the attack on his house, the complainant refused to reply. He said the IGP and the AIG operation were investigating the case on the direction of the Supreme Court. He said the hearing of the case was scheduled in the sessions court on Saturday and he would not speak on the sub judice matter.

A senior police officer told Dawn on the condition of anonymity that the investigation of the case had been transferred to the Crime Investigation Agency (CID) and was being supervised by AIG (operation) Dr Sultan Azam Temuri.

He said the investigators had arrested two people in connection with the case filed by Noorul Rehman whose links were established with Lakhvi.

Investigation officers of the case, Sub-Inspector Munir Hussain Jaffery of the Tarnol police and Inspector Malik Bashir of the CID, refused to give details about the case.

Lakhvi was arrested in 2009 in connection with the Mumbai attack case in which 166 people were killed and several others injured. He was granted bail by an anti-terrorism court on December 18, 2014. However, shortly afterwards he was detained on the directives of the capital administration under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) which was suspended by the Islamabad High Court on December 26.

However, a kidnapping case was registered against Lakhvi at the Tarnol police station on December 29, 2014, and the next day the police arrested him.

Later, he was taken into custody on physical remand and sent to Adiala jail.

On January 8, the lower court of the capital granted him bail in connection with the kidnapping case against a surety bond of Rs200,000. But he was again detained under the MPO for a month which would end on February 18.


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