26/11 Mumbai attack on India
26 Nov 2008
- On 26 Nov 2008, Mumbai faced one of the deadliest terrorist attacks on Indian soil.
- 171 people died in a standoff between the police and 10 heavily armed Pakistani Islamic militants.
- 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks were carried out by 10 LeT terrorists.
- Chattarapati Shivaji Terminus, Leopold Cafe, Nariman Point, Taj and Oberoi Trident were the areas worst affected.
Pakistani court declares Lakhvi 26/11 mastermind
25 Nov 2009
- On 7 December 2008, Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi was arrested by Pakistani armed forces in a raid on a LeT training camp near Muzafarabad.
- Pakistan however refused to hand him over to Indian authorities. Lakhvi was to be tried in Pakistan
- On 25 November 2009, an anti-terrorism court charged Lakhvi and 6 others with planning and helping execute the Mumbai attacks.
2008 blast mastermind gets bail
18 Dec 2014
- Lakhvi was granted bail by an anti-terrorism court on 18 Dc 2014. The court directed Lakhvi to pay surety bonds worth Rs. 500,000 before he could be released on bail.
- Lakhvi was granted bail on the grounds of "lack of enough evidence".
- P. Chidambaram said that this was a major setback to the trial.
Lakhvi detained before release
26 Mar 2015
- Pakistan detained Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi, the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind, for 30 more days under a public security order.
- This move came in the wake of strong protests by India against the Islamabad High Court's order to release the Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Lakhvi.
- Lakhvi's lawyer claimed the Punjab government had issued the order in violation of Pakistan's Constitution.
26/11 Mumbai blast mastermind out on bail
10 Apr 2015
- The suspected mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi, was released from Pakistani jail on 10 April 2015.
- India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh called this release "unfortunate and disappointing".
- Lakhvi still faces trial - along with six other suspects - over the attacks, which left 171 people dead and damaged peace efforts between the two countries.
India seeks UN intervention in Lakhvi case
3 May 2015
- Asoke Mukherjee, India's Permanent Representative to the UN wrote to the current Chair of the UN Sanctions Committee Jim McLay seeking intervention over Lakhvi's release by a Pakistani court on 9 April.
- New Delhi has termed Lakhvi's release as a violation of the norms of the global organisation (1267 UN Resolution) and said that the UN should raise the matter with Pakistan.
China blocks India's move in UN
23 Jun 2015
- India's move to seek action against Pakistan in UN for the release of Lakhvi, the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, has been blocked by China.
- New Delhi's inability to provide "sufficient information" was listed as the reason behind the move.
- In the past too, China has backed Pakistan to block moves in UN Security Council against terrorist groups based in Pakistani territory.
China's double-faced diplomacy
China's decision to block India's move in UN, comes as huge setback especially after it had opened the Nathu La pass for Kailash pilgrims as promised on 22 June 2015.
All for good relations: China opens Nathu La pass as 2nd route for Kailash pilgrims as promised during Modi's visit - Firstpost