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Islamabad HC declares Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi’s detention order “illegal”

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi’s, detention orders were declared illegal by the Islamabad High Court on Friday, and ordered his immediate release, a media report stated.

Justice Noorul Haq accepted Lakhvi’s appeal filed against his third time detention orders and ordered his release, Pakistan media agency Dawn online reported.

Lakhvi, along with six other suspects, was in detention since February 2009 over charges of “facilitating” the attack.

India strongly opposed the bail granted to Lakhvi, a few days after 2014 Pewshawar attack. The High Court on December 29 suspended the detention order, but the Pakistani apex court restored Lakhvi’s detention on January 7.

The six other men facing trial in Adiala Jail for their alleged involvement are: Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Younas Anjum, Jamil Ahmed, Mazhar Iqbal and Abdul Majid.

Lakhvi has been alleged to be the operational head of the banned Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT) that has been accused by India of carrying out the attack in India’s financial capital.

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WhatsApp Makes Changes in India After Deadly Attacks

The firm said it will also remove the quick forward button placed next to media messages

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India is WhatsApp's largest market. Pixabay

WhatsApp has announced changes for its 200 million users in India following the spread of viral messages via the app that resulted in deadly mob attacks.

India’s government has threatened to take WhatsApp to court, saying “…the medium used for such propagation cannot evade responsibility and accountability.” The information technology ministry said, “If they remain mute spectators they are liable to be treated as abettors and thereafter face consequent legal action.”

Satish Bhaykre, 21, who was beaten by a mob due to a fake WhatsApp text, poses inside his house on the outskirts of Nagpur, India, June 23, 2018.
Satish Bhaykre, 21, who was beaten by a mob due to a fake WhatsApp text, poses inside his house on the outskirts of Nagpur, India, June 23, 2018. (VOA)

The Facebook-owned messaging app said it will limit Indian users’ ability to forward messages, allowing only five contacts at a time to receive them.

The firm said it will also remove the quick forward button placed next to media messages.

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Both moves are designed to make stop the mass forwards that have resulted in the mob attacks.

India is WhatsApp’s largest market. (VOA)

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