ISLAMABAD - The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Monday informed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that two important countries are seeking custody of operational chief of banned outfit Laskhar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakvi.

The FIA prosecutor told the IHC Division Bench (DB) comprising Justice Noor-ul- Haq N Qureshi and Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui during the hearing of a petition moved by the agency, pleading the court to cancel the bail granted to Lakhvi by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Islamabad.

However, the dual bench observed that diplomatic affairs have been a domain of the federal government and it would not affect the case proceedings.

According to some media reports, the United States and United Kingdom have written to Pakistani government seeking custody of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

Previously, the Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICTA) Deputy Commissioner Mujahid Sherdil extended the detention of Lakhvi under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) for 30 more days.  Lakvi’s previous 30 days extension period was expired on January 18 Sunday and his petition against the detention orders is also pending before the IHC.

During the hearing of FIA’s bail cancellation application, the IHC division bench remarked that on last hearing the accused Lakhvi was issued notices for reply but the court has not received the compliance report of the notices yet.

Therefore, the court re-issued the notices to Lakhvi and directed Superintendent Adiala jail to submit compliance report in this regard.  Then the court deferred the hearing in this matter.

At this juncture, FIA prosecutor Ch. Azhar prayed the court to fix the case as early as it may be possible. Upon which Justice Siddiqui in the bench said that if you are in a hurry then you should take this case before a military court.

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 one million surety bonds on December 18, 2014. Later federal government issued Lakhvi’s detention orders under section ‘3’ of the maintenance of public order (MPO) that were also suspended by an IHC bench on December 29, 2014.

Then, an apex Supreme Court bench had set aside the IHC orders with directions to adjudicate the matter after hearing from both sided. FIA in it bail cancellation petition has maintained that the accused Lakhvi is an influential person and if his bail would not be revoked he is likely to influence the trial proceedings of Mumbai attacks case pending before the ATC Islamabad.