26/11 plotter Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi ‘living in an ISI safehouse in Lahore’

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Even as India continues to fume over Pakistan’s sloppiness in the trial of 2008 Mumbai attacks case, prime accused Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi is enjoying a comfortable stay with his wife in an ISI safehouse in Lahore.

Not only this, reports also claim that Lakhvi is chairing a high-level meeting with Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commanders at the house, which is being protected by Pakistani Army commandos.

The report further exposes Pakistan’s covert ties with the militant outfits like the LeT and also highlights the doublespeak of authorities who keep going back on their promises of expediting the 26/11 trial.

The report of Lakhvi’s comfy stay in the confines of a safehouse being watched over by ISI and Pakistani Army commandos is another disturbing news for India after Pakistan went back on its promise of providing Lakhvi’s voice samples.

Last week, PM Narendra Modi met Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif in the Russian city of Ufa on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit and among other things decided to expedite the trial of Mumbai terror attacks case, by providing additional information like providing voice samples.

However, just a couple of days later, the prosecution team of Lakhvi closed the door on the issue of obtaining his voice sample, saying, “The issue of obtaining voice sample of Lakhvi has been over”.

According to a PTI report, Lakhvi’s prosecution team’s chief Chaudhry Azhar has confirmed that Pakistan will not file a fresh petition in an anti-terrorism court requesting for obtaining his voice sample as “no such law exists”.

Also yesterday, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz further worsened the matters by saying Pakistan needs more information and evidence from India in Lakhvi’s trial.

The Mumbai attack mastermind, who was released from Adiala Jail on April 10 on bail, has skipped appearance in the court on several occasions in the past, though the law mandates for an accused on bail to appear in a court hearing.

He was was released from Adiala Jail after the Lahore High Court suspended his detention under a security act.