Pakistan has denied reports of the United Kingdom and Washington asking for the handover of alleged Mumbai attacks mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi to India or to them for his “independent trial” to help improve ties between the two neighbouring countries.
“No one has asked or sent any formal request to the government to handover the person (Lakhvi) to India or any other country,” Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam toldTimes of India.
According to the Times of India, Federal Investigation Agency’s prosecution chief Chaudhry Azhar informed the Islamabad High Court on Monday that two countries had asked Pakistan to hand over Lakhvi. However, he did not name the counties.
Although media reports suggested the US and London had written to Pakistan and sought Lakhvi’s custody.
On December 18, an anti-terrorism court granted bail to the alleged mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. However, a day later the government detained him under Maintenance of Public Order.