Washington: The United States expressed ‘grave concerns’ over the release of alleged Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, urging the country to bring the perpetrators of the 26/11 attacks to justice.

“We are gravely concerned about the release on bail of alleged Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi,” State Department Acting Spokesperson Jeff Rathke told reporters at his daily news conference. “We have communicated that concern to senior Pakistani officials over the course of many months, and as recently as yesterday,” Rathke said.

Lakhvi was formally released from Adiala Jail after he submitted surety bonds of Rs2 million, following the Lahore High Court (LHC) verdict declaring his detention orders illegal. Rathke further said that terrorist attacks are an assault on the collective safety and security of all countries.

“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 to ensure justice for the 166 innocent people, including six Americans, who lost their lives.”

When questioned about the “consequences or repercussions” for Pakistan for not following through its commitment as reflected in the release of Lakhvi, the acting spokesperson said the US government will look into the development and decide what consequences to draw from it.