Lok Sabha Passes Resolution Against Lakhvi Bail

The Lok Sabha passed a quickly drafted resolution against the bail granted to LeT commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, who is accused of being the mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, by a Pakistan court.

Published: 19th December 2014 02:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th December 2014 04:49 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha on Friday passed a quickly drafted resolution against the bail granted to LeT commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, who is accused of being the mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, by a Pakistan court.

The resolution asked government to take every step to put pressure on Pakistan to bring the matter related to 26/11 attacks case to a satisfactory conclusion.

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"We express grave concern of the Indian people that just one day after the tragic killing of 141 innocent children and others in Peshawar, an accused terrorist could be released on bail by the same country. "It seems that the lesson that there should be no compromise with terrorists has not been learnt," the resolution reads.

"We are concerned at the numerous delays in the prosecution and the apathetic attitude of the government of Pakistan which has resulted in the grant of bail to an accused terrorist," it said.

"We reiterate the importance of Pakistan dismantling the infrastructure of terrorism in that country and ensuring that terrorists are not allowed to remain free to continue their evil activities against India and the countries of the region," the resolution said.

Earlier talking in the House, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India had strongly conveyed to Pakistan our sentiments over the bail to the LeT commander.

The court decision to grant bail to Lakhvi came just two days after Pakistani Taliban militants rampaged through a military-run school in Peshawar killing 148 people, most of them students.

Referring to the massacre of children, he said, "The pain felt in India was no less than that felt in Pakistan. Every Indian had tears in eyes... But immediately  after that this kind of behaviour has come as shock to all those who believe in humanity."

India's approach towards Pakistan on the issue will be in tune with sentiments expressed by members, said Modi after MPs voiced outrage in the House.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj rejected the argument that the evidence against Lakhvi was not sufficient.

She said by allowing bail to Lakhvi, Pakistan has made mockery of its pledge to fight terrorism "without any condition or  discrimination" and asserted that Pakistan should immediately get this decision overturned.

Asserting "without doubt" that the conspiracy for Mumbai attack of 2008 was hatched in Pakistan, Swaraj said 99 per cent evidence is available in Pakistan and Pakistani investigators had six years to collect all evidence."

An anti-terrorism court in Islamabad Thursday granted bail to Lakhvi, who is among the seven people charged with planning and helping to carry out the Nov 26-29, 2008, Mumbai terror attack which left 166 people, including many foreigners, dead and injured hundreds of others.

However, Lakhvi has now been detained under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) at Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail, according to a media report.

(With inputs from PTI)


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