File photo: Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi
The Pakistan government today moved to keep 26/11 plotter Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi in jail as it challenged a court order that could lead to his release after he was granted bail on December 18.
The Interior Ministry of Pakistan has gone to the Supreme Court against the Islamabad High Court's order suspending Lakhvi's detention by the government after he got bail.
Pakistan detained the terror mastermind for the second time on Tuesday in an abduction case.
A furious India had on Monday summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit to register its protest against the court order that would allow Lakhvi to walk free.
Lakhvi had submitted a Rs. 1 million surety bond and was to be freed from a jail in Rawalpindi, adjacent to capital Islamabad, but was rearrested before that.
Lakhvi has been in jail since 2009 for the attack in Mumbai in 2008, in which 166 people were killed. Earlier this month, an anti-terror court said there was not enough evidence to prove Lakhvi's role in the worst-ever terror attack in India.
Lakhvi is one of seven people on trial in Pakistan for the siege of Mumbai, but the trial has produced no results so far. India has repeatedly warned Pakistan that the glacial pace of the trial is unacceptable and undermines Pakistan's stated position on checking terrorism.
Indian investigators have submitted voice samples and other evidence that reveal Lakhvi talking on satellite phones to the 10 terrorists who sailed into Mumbai and attacked its most famous landmarks.