The primary suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has been released on bail in Pakistan.
The Jail official in Pakistan confirmed that Lakhvi was released on Friday morning.
Home minister of India , Mr Rajnath Singh condemned the release of Lakhvi stating that the release is “unfortunate and disappointing“.
Lakhvi was granted bail in December but he was held in detention in the jail.
The High court of Pakistan squashed the detention request stating that detention of Lakhvi as void.
Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi’s trial in the Mumbai attacks case still continues, but his release on bail suggests the legal evidence presented in court by prosecutors may not be enough for a conviction.
This contrasts with six years ago, when the interior minister at the time, Rehman Malik, provided graphic details of how a part of the Mumbai attacks conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan. Indian officials have since said that they also handed evidence against Mr Lakhvi and his comrades to Pakistani prosecutors.
The 2008 Mumbai attack was a dark day for India with 160 people dying because of the terrorist attack and strained the relationship between the two countries.
The release of Lakhvi is met with deep sadness for the people who lost their loved ones in the attack. Pakistan is known to provide facilities to militant commanders as they might need them in the future.
A spokesman for Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a charity accused of links to LeT, said Mr Lakhvi was “free now and in a secure place”.
The Mumbai terror attack forced the two countries to improve their grip on the attackers and put an end to people like Lakhvi and his organization.