26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi arrested in Pakistan

WION Web Team
LahoreUpdated: Jan 02, 2021, 03:39 PM IST
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LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. Photograph:(PTI)

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Lakhvi, who was on bail since 2015 in the Mumbai attack case, was arrested by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD).

Pakistan counter-terrorism authorities have arrested Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the chief planner of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and the LeT's current supreme commander of operations, on charges of terrorist financing.

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Lakhvi, who was on bail since 2015 in the Mumbai attack case, has been found guilty of extending financial help to terrorists through different umbrella businesses.

However, the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) did not mention his place of arrest.

"Following an intelligence-based operation conducted by the CTD Punjab, proscribed organisation LeT leader Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was arrested on charges of terrorism financing,” CTD spokesperson said.

His case will now be heard in the Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) in Lahore.

Earlier on December 11 this year, The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) had given approval for "basic expense" for Lakshar-e-Taiba's leader Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Mahmood Sultan Bashiruddin, a Pakistani nuclear engineer. Both have been listed by the UN as international terrorists. 

Lakhvi had a role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, while Sultan, once at the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission came under the scanner for his meetings with Al Qaeda's Osama Bin Laden. Sultan has been awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz, the third-highest civilian award of Pakistan. There may be more such developments coming.

(With inputs from agencies)