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 OWD ON Aug 24, 2014 AT 02:14 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 24, 2014 02:14 IST

After a day of much tension at the International border with Pakistan firing on border posts and villages and the Indian Home Minister asking the BSF jawans to give effective replies, here is a gentle reminder by Indian-American artist Zeshan Bagewadi that we are essentially the same people.

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POSTED BY OWD ON Aug 24, 2014 AT 02:14 IST, Edited At: Aug 24, 2014 02:14 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 20, 2014 AT 01:55 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 20, 2014 01:55 IST

Siddharth Varadarajan, writing in NDTV.com reminds us that the Hurriyat leaders meeting Pakistanis is nothing new: PM's Pakistan Outreach Ends in Predictable Whimper:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 20, 2014 AT 01:55 IST, Edited At: Aug 20, 2014 01:55 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 29, 2013 AT 23:59 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 29, 2013 23:59 IST

As was to be expected, Mr Modi waded into the "Dehati Aurat" controversy, reported earlier, in his speech at BJP's Delhi rally:

"How dare you (Sharif) address my nation's Prime Minister as a village woman? There cannot be a bigger insult of the Indian Prime Minister. We can fight with him on policies but this we will not tolerate. This nation of 1.2 billion will not tolerate its Prime Minister's insult"

He went on to add:

"The journalists who were sitting in front of Nawaz Sharif when he was insulting our Prime Minister should also answer to the people of my country".

"I want to ask those journalists, I don't know who were they but journalists of my country who were having sweets sitting with Nawaz Sharif when he was abusing our Prime Minister calling him village woman, I expected those Indian journalists, the country expected them, to refuse the sweets and walk out"

Reportedly at Mr Sharif's initiative, Pakistan got into damage control mode:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 29, 2013 AT 23:59 IST, Edited At: Sep 29, 2013 23:59 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 29, 2013 AT 05:10 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 29, 2013 05:10 IST

Pakistan journalist Hamid Mir is heard in the above TV programme as saying that Mr Nawaz Sharif called Barkha Dutt of NDTV and him for a breakfast meet and among other things, smilingly told Barkha Dutt that it seemed Mr Manmohan Singh had gone not as the Indian Prime Minister but as a "dehati aurat" to complain about him to President Obama

Literally, "dehati aurat" would mean a "village woman".

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 29, 2013 AT 05:10 IST, Edited At: Sep 29, 2013 05:10 IST
     
 
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