US shares ‘critical evidence’ on Lakhvi with Pak

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Washington: After a Pakistani court ordered the release of Mumbai attack master mind Zakiur rehman Lakhvi, terming his detention as illegal.The United States government said that it shared “credible evidence” with Pakistan on LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi’s involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, days after it reminded the country its commitment to bring the perpetrators of the horrific attack to justice.

Although refusing to comment further citing an ongoing legal process, a senior US official said that the US has provided credible evidence on Lakhvi to Pakistan. The evidences and information shared by US on individuals related to Mumbai attack was based on the interrogation of terrorist David Headly, who is serving a jail term in a US prison for his role in the Mumbai attack.

“The government of Pakistan has pledged its cooperation in bringing the perpetrators — financiers, and sponsors of the Mumbai terrorist attacks to justice and we urge Pakistan to follow through on that commitment,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki had said, adding that Pakistan is a critical partner in fight against terrorism.

Lakhvi and six others — Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum — have been charged with planning and executing the Mumbai attack in November, 2008, that claimed 166 lives.

India summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit to register its protest against the order that would have allowed the terror mastermind to walk free.

The Pakistan government was forced to detain him again on a kidnapping charge but on an appeal by his lawyers, the high court suspended his detention a few days later.