ISLAMABAD - A local court of Islamabad on Tuesday acquitted operational chief of banned outfit Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi in an abduction case. Additional District and Sessions Judge Tanveer Mir exonerated Lakhvi from the charges of kidnapping a man namely Anwar Khan whose abduction case was registered with the Golra police station.

Earlier, judicial magistrate Naveed Khan had turned down the acquittal plea of Lakhvi in the abduction case. Then, Lakhvi moved the district and sessions court through his counsel Raja Rizwan Abbasi and sought his acquittal in the six-year-old kidnapping case registered against him with the Golra Police Station of Islamabad for allegedly kidnapping Anwar. Public prosecutor Aamir Nadeem Tabish contended before the court that Muhammad Dawood had filed a complaint with Golra police stating that Lakhvi had abducted his brother-in-law to wage "jihad" six and a half years ago, adding that investigation of the case is at the initial stage and some more time is required.

He argued that investigations in the case are still underway so FIR against the accused could not be quashed until investigations are completed and statements of witnesses are recorded.

On the other hand, Rizwan Abbasi, the counsel for Lakhvi, adopted before the court that the police have arrested his client in a fake case.    He added that it is not written anywhere in the FIR that Anwar Khan was forcibly picked up.

He asked the court that why the complaint had only become known when it appeared that Lakhvi would be released on bail. The defense counsel contended before the court that his client had been behind the bars for the last six years then how he could detain a person after kidnapping him.

Therefore, he added that his client was implicated in a false case and requested the court to acquit him in this particular case. After hearing the arguments of both the sides, the court acquitted Lakhvi in this kidnapping case. Lakhvi is among the seven persons charged for planning and helping in carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The six other men facing trial in Adiala Jail for their alleged involvement in Mumbai attacks are Mazhar Iqbal, Abdul Majid, Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Younas Anjum and Jamil Ahmed.