Islamabad - A Pakistani court on Thursday again ordered the release of the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks from prison, lawyers said, following a tussle over his detention that has strained ties with India.
Pakistani authorities have wrangled with the courts for nearly four months to keep Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, accused over the terror siege that left 166 dead, in custody.
He was granted bail in December, infuriating New Delhi, but hit with a detention order, which was cancelled and reinstated twice before the Lahore High Court ruling annulled it for a third time on Thursday.
He has remained in prison throughout.
“Justice Anwar-ul-Haq of the Lahore High Court today suspended detention orders of my client Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and ordered his release after submitting two surety bounds of one million (rupees) each,” his lawyer Rizwan Abbasi told AFP.