WASHINGTON  - The United States has expressed the hope that Pakistan, a critical partner in the fight against terrorism, will honour its commitment to bring perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attacks to justice. Asked to comment on media reports regarding Islamabad High Court’s orders for the release of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters that at the moment he remains in prison.

The spokesperson said the US is monitoring reports regarding an Islamabad judge’s orders about the release of the alleged mastermind of Mumbai attacks. “The government of Pakistan has pledged its cooperation in bringing the perpetrators, financers and sponsors of the Mumbai attacks to justice and we hope Pakistan will follow through on that commitment,” Psaki said, while expressing support for the ongoing Pakistan-India dialogue.  “Pakistan is a critical partner in the fight against terrorism,” she noted. The spokesperson said she cannot speculate on the outcome of the ongoing legal process.