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Pakistan Re-arrests Suspected Mastermind of Mumbai Attacks

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FILE - Pakistani Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi speaks during a rally at Muzaffarabad, in Pakistani controlled Kashmir.

FILE - Pakistani Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi speaks during a rally at Muzaffarabad, in Pakistani controlled Kashmir.

Police in Pakistan have arrested the alleged mastermind of the 2008 militant attacks on Mumbai, hours after he won an appeal against his temporary detention.

The Islamabad police say Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, one of seven Pakistanis on trial for an attack in India that killed 166 people, was formally taken into judicial custody for allegedly kidnapping a Pakistani.

Lakhvi was brought Tuesday morning before a judge, who authorized the arrest and ordered police to complete its probe in two days.

A Pakistani court earlier this month granted Lakhvi bail in the case linked to the attack on the Indian commercial capital, but authorities ordered his continued detention under a public order law.

Defense attorneys successfully contested the detention and on Monday the Islamabad High Court ruled that Lakhvi could be freed on about $10,000 bail.

The ruling angered the Indian government and New Delhi summoned Pakistan’s envoy to the foreign ministry to protest.

Lakhvi has been charged with planning and financing the Mumbai attacks that India blames on Pakistan’s outlawed militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Indian authorities have long demanded Islamabad expedite the trial and punish those responsible for carrying out the attack. However, Pakistani officials insist they have no control over the judicial process. ​

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