ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad   High Court (IHC) will resume the hearing of a petition of operational commander of banned Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) and alleged mastermind of terrorists attack in  Mumbai Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi who has moved the court, challenging his detention under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) for 30 days here on Monday (today).

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi will take up the petition of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi who has challenged his detention despite bail orders issued by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Islamabad.

Previously, the same bench had issued notices to the Federation of Pakistan in the petition of Lakhvi who moved the court through his counsel Raja Rizwan Abbasi Advocate.

It was December 18 when an ATC judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi had accepted bail plea of Lakvi against two surety bonds worth of Rs0.5 million each. Then, the government issued Lakhvi’s detention orders under maintenance of public order (MPO) for 30 days. Later, operational commander of LeT through his counsel Raja Rizwan Abbasi Advocate challenged these detention orders before the IHC.

In the petition, Lakhvi’s counsel argued that the ATC granted bail to his client subject to the submission of surety bonds worth Rs1 million. He continued that after the Mumbai attacks, the government had also detained Hafiz Saeed, the head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) but the Lahore High Court (LHC) set aside his detention.

His counsel contended before the court that the ATC had granted bail to his client but the government is flouting the same orders by not releasing him.

Appearing before the court, Raja Rizwan pleaded before Justice Qureshi to suspend the detention orders against Lakhvi. However, the judge replied that he would decide the matter after hearing the stance of the federal government.

Therefore, the IHC single bench issued notices to the federation with directions to submit its reply till today (Monday) and adjourned the proceedings in this matter.