POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 18, 2014 AT 23:59 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 18, 2014 23:59 IST

A Pakistani court has granted bail to LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a key planner of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks,  just a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said there is no 'good' and 'bad' Taliban. 

"Anti-Terrorism Court Islamabad Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi today granted bail to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi," prosecution chief Chaudhry Azhar told PTI.

54-year-old Lakhvi and six others had filed bail applications yesterday in the midst of a lawyers strike to condemn the Peshawar school massacre that left 148 people, mostly children, dead.

Azhar said the prosecution had to produce more witnesses before this decision had come which they were not expecting.

"We were not expecting this decision as we have to produce a good number of witnesses in the case. We are awaiting the court's detailed order before giving further comment on the decision," he said.

Lakhvi's counsel advocate Raja Rizwan Abbasi told PTI that the court had granted bail as "evidence against Lakhvi was deficient".

Abbasi said the defence would soon file bail applications of the other six accused— Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum— facing trial at the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

The in-camera hearing of the case was held at Adiala Jail Rawalpindi due to security concerns.

The news was bound to create outrage in India, and Twitter was no different. Eventually,as this Tweet sums it up:

Some of the reactions on Twitter:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Dec 18, 2014 AT 23:59 IST, Edited At: Dec 18, 2014 23:59 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON May 23, 2011 AT 23:19 IST ,  Edited At: May 23, 2011 23:19 IST

Largely based on the live twitterfeed of Colin Freeze, National security correspondent for Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail and Chicago Sun-Times' Natasha Korecki

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POSTED BY Buzz ON May 23, 2011 AT 23:19 IST, Edited At: May 23, 2011 23:19 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jul 31, 2010 AT 01:13 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 31, 2010 01:13 IST

The latest survey report on Pakistan by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project which did face-to-face interviews with 2,000 adults in Pakistan April 13 to 28, 2010 shows some interesting results. Some of those:

1. Pakistanis are "more worried about the external threat from India than extremist groups within Pakistan. When asked which is the greatest threat to their country – India, the Taliban or al Qaeda – slightly more than half of Pakistanis (53%) choose India, compared with 23% for the Taliban and just 3% for al Qaeda"

 

2. In its relationship with India, Kashmir is the biggest issue:

  • 71% consider it a "very big problem"
  • 79% say it is very important to resolve

3. But a majority also wants improved relations with India:

 (As against this, 64% want "improved relations with the US"

4. Only 35% Pakistanis polled have a negative view of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a much lower percentage than for the other terror groups. One-in-four Pakistanis express a positive assessment, while 40% offer no opinion. LeT targets largely India, while others are now seen as possible threats to Pakistan itself.

4. Also worrying are the extreme views of the urban poupulation -- or at least those polled -- about law, religion and society:

Read the full report here | PDF

 

 

 

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Jul 31, 2010 AT 01:13 IST, Edited At: Jul 31, 2010 01:13 IST
     
 
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