Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror blasts has been detained on the orders of the Home Ministry of Pakistan’s Punjab province.
“It was after pressure from the US authorities, Pakistani government has decided to keep Lakhvi under arrest. ” sources said.
The judicial decision to release Lakhvi was severely criticized by both India and the US. As a response to the release order, Indian External Affairs Ministry had summoned Abdul Basit, Pakistan`s High Commissioner to India and sought an explanation for the terrorist’s release. US too had put pressure on the Pakistani Government to keep Lakhvi under arrest.
Earlier, Lakhvi’s appeal against his third detention order was accepted by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday, ordering his immediate release. Lakhvi was granted bail in both cases against him, the Mumbai blasts case and the six-year-old case pertaining to the kidnapping of an Afghan national, Dwan, the Pakistani news agency reported.
On March 2, the IHC directed the Pakistan government not to register any new case against Lakhvi without informing the court.
India on April 1 will launch an electronic intelligence satellite Emisat for the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) along with 28 third party satellites and also demonstrate its new technologies like three different orbits with a new variant of PSLV rocket, ISRO said on Saturday.
According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a new variant of its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket will first put the 436 kg Emisat into a 749 km orbit.
After that, the rocket will be brought down to put into orbit the 28 satellites at an altitude of 504 km.
This will be followed by bringing the rocket down further to 485 km when the fourth stage/engine will turn into a payload platform carrying three experimental payloads: (a) Automatic Identification System (AIS) from ISRO for Maritime satellite applications capturing messages transmitted from ships (b) Automatic Packet Repeating System (APRS) from AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation), India – to assist amateur radio operators in tracking and monitoring position data and (c) Advanced Retarding Potential Analyser for Ionospheric Studies (ARIS) from Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) – for the structural and compositional studies of ionosphere, the space agency said.
The whole flight sequence will take about 180 minutes from the rocket’s lift off slated at 9.30 a.m. on April 1.
The 28 international customer satellites (24 from US, 2 from Lithuania and one each from Spain and Switzerland)- will weigh about 220 kg.
“It is a special mission for us. We will be using a PSLV rocket with four strap-on motors. Further, for the first time we will be trying to orbit the rocket at three different altitudes,” ISRO Chairman K. Sivan had earlier told IANS.
The PSLV is a four-stage engine expendable rocket with alternating solid and liquid fuel.
In its normal configuration, the rocket will have six strap-on motors hugging the rocket’s first stage.
On January 24, the ISRO flew a PSLV with two strap-on motors while in March, it had four strap-on motors.
The Indian space agency also has two more PSLV variants, viz Core Alone (without any strap-on motors) and the larger PSLV-XL.