ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday barred the government from registering any new case against Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, operational chief of banned outfit Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT), without prior informing the court.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi also issued notices to the federal government through ministry of interior and district magistrate Islamabad in Lakhvi’s petition against his third time detention orders under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO). In this connection, the IHC bench also directed them to submit their reply.

On Monday, the bench conducted the hearing of Lakhvi’s two separate petitions. In one application, Lakhvi had challenged before the IHC his third time detention orders and in the second application he contended that he may be apprised about the number of cases registered against him throughout the country and the government may not register any new case against him without bringing the same into court’s notice.

In the first petition, Justice Qureshi issued notices to the ministry of interior and district magistrate directing them to submit their reply till March 05. In the matter of his second application, the federal government submitted a report that there were two cases registered against Lakhvi. One is registered with federal investigation agency (FIA) that is Mumbai terror attack and the second is with Islamabad police regarding kidnapping of a citizen.

While hearing in this case, the IHC bench observed that liberty of any citizen could not be withheld. Therefore, the bench directed the federal government not to register any new case against Lakhvi without bringing it into the notice of court. Talking to The Nation after court proceedings of second mentioned order of the IHC, an additional attorney general (AAG) Afnan Karim Kundi said that they were pondering over to challenge this order.

Lakhvi is an alleged mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks of November 26, 2008. An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi had granted post-arrest bail to Lakhvi against rupees one million surety bonds on December 18, 2014.

 Later, the federal government had issued Lakhvi’s detention orders under section ‘3’ of the maintenance of public order (MPO) that were further extended on January 18 and February 18 for 30 days each.