In this photograph taken on January 1, 2015 Pakistani security personnel escort Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi (C), alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, as he leaves the court after a hearing in Islamabad. AFP PHOTO/Aamir QURESHI/FILES
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A Pakistan court Friday canceled a detention order against the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, potentially paving the way for his release.Lakhvi was granted bail by an anti-terror court in December, infuriating New Delhi, but quickly slapped with a detention order under public order laws.A detailed order handed down by the court said government lawyers had failed to provide evidence to justify Lakhvi's detention.Lakhvi and six other suspects have been charged in Pakistan but their cases have made virtually no progress in more than five years.Lakhvi's bail order came just days after a Taliban massacre at a school in northwest Pakistan, an outrage that prompted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to say Pakistan would not distinguish between "good Taliban and bad Taliban".
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