court Monday suspended a detention order keeping the alleged planner of
the Mumbai terror attacks in jail, possibly paving the way for his
release, officials said.
The prospect of Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi going free presents an embarrassing turn of events for thePakistanigovernment that has vowed to crack down hard on militancy following the Dec. 16 Taliban school attack in Peshawar that left at least 148 people dead, mostly schoolchildren. It also raises the prospect of a serious political conflict with India, which has long-accused Islamabad of being soft on its home-grown militants.
Lakhvi is one of seven men on trial inPakistanin connection with the 2008 attack in the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166 people.