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 Nov 21, 2012 AT 23:49 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 21, 2012 23:49 IST

Actor Ashish Chowdhry whose sister Monica and her husband were amongst those who were killed on 26/11 at the Oberoi Trident Hotel posted a series of moving tweets on the execution of Ajmal Kasab

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 21, 2012 AT 23:49 IST, Edited At: Nov 21, 2012 23:49 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 21, 2012 AT 19:41 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 21, 2012 19:41 IST

On the eve of the winter session of Parliament and with the Gujarat elections around the corner, the scam and scandal-ridden Congress-led UPA has sought to, as if, stump the scam and scandal-ridden BJP-led NDA with its early-morning announcement of the hanging of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist involved in the 26/11 siege of Mumbai.

Within a matter of hours, a weak government and a “soft-state” are slapping their thighs in delight, although the implications of the hanging—on Indo-Pakistan relations, on the fallout in the country, on the fate of Sarabjit Singh, not to mention the 26/11 probe, and the elimination of the only corroborative witness in India's custody who helped confirm the involvement of the likes of Jundal etc—are still to be weighed. 

As the lynch mobs which routinely bay for blood raise the tempo for quick despatch of Afzal Guru as well, in the very week India refused to be a signatory to a United Nations resolution banning the death penalty, the hanging of Ajmal Kasab, almost as if to satiate the public and political need for revenge and retribution, throws a big question mark over India’s presumed humanism of the land of the Mahatma.

Shivam Vij argues in rediff: Why I am saddened by Kasab's hanging:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 21, 2012 AT 19:41 IST, Edited At: Nov 21, 2012 19:41 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Jun 26, 2012 AT 22:26 IST ,  Edited At: Jun 26, 2012 22:26 IST

The intercepts of the chilling conversations that the 26/11 "handler" 'Abu Jindal' had with the terrorists were widely heard around the world and documented in various excellent documentaries and there is a renewed interest in these intercepts now with the arrest of Zabiuddin Ansari aka Abu Jindal aka Abu Jundal aka Abu Hamza, a co-conspirator of the 26/11 terrorist strikes in Mumbai, who is alleged to be the handler whose voice has been identified with one of those voices on the intercepts. A quick recap from our blogs:

Intercepts of the Phonecalls with Handlers

Excerpts from the transcript of conversation between "Abu Jindal" and one of the terrorists at Chabad House:

Handler: Remember that every one person you kill there is like taking 50 lives.... Handler: Listen

TerrorisTerrorist:  Yes, yes

Handler: Get rid of these people. Kill them

Terrorist:  By Allah's wish it is all quiet. There is no movement

Handler: No, no wait. Shoot. If firing starts, you won't know the timing, direction and intensity

Terrorist:  I've run out of grenades

Handler: Do it

Terrorist:  What? Shoot them?

Handler: Yes. Make them sit up and shoot them in the backs of their heads

... [After some time]

Handler: Have you done the job or not?

Terrorist:  No, I will do it in front of you. I was waiting for you

Handler: Do it in the name of Allah. (Woman screams: Please don't kill me!)

Handler: You killed one?

Terrorist:  Both together

Terrorist:  Allah willing, today is Friday. Today will be the final fight

Handler: Use all of your might. Do it. Shoot them. Get them

Terrorist:  Intense fire has started. Firing has started in our room

Handler: Take cover

(A little later)

Handler: Yes, what happened?

Terrorist:  I've been hit

Handler: Where?

Terrorist:  On my side and leg

Handler: May Allah protect you

Terrorist:  Pray for me, so that I attain martyrdom

For more context, some of the documentaries:

Channel 4's Dispatches: Terror in Mumbai:

CNN-IBN: 60 Hours:

Pro Publica: A Perfect Terrorist

Watch A Perfect Terrorist on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

AlJazeera 101 East: Terror in Mumbai Part I

AlJazeera 101 East: Terror in Mumbai Part II

Also See: Jason MotlagHandler: Sixty Hours Of Terror

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jun 26, 2012 AT 22:26 IST, Edited At: Jun 26, 2012 22:26 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 26, 2011 AT 01:33 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 26, 2011 01:33 IST

Watch A Perfect Terrorist on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.


Episode: A Perfect Terrorist

FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the mysterious circumstances behind American David Coleman Headley's rise from heroin dealer and government informant to plotting the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai. Despite repeated warnings, how did Headley slip into India to scout targets? And how much did U.S. officials know about his relationship with terrorist group Lashkar-i-Taiba?

Also read:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 26, 2011 AT 01:33 IST, Edited At: Nov 26, 2011 01:33 IST
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