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Defense lawyer: Pakistani court orders release of alleged Mumbai attack mastermind

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 file photo, Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, the main suspect of the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, raises his fist after his court appearance in Islamabad, Pakistan. A defense lawyer said Thursday, April 9, 2015 that a Pakistani court has ordered the release of the main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attacks for the second time in less than a month.(AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 file photo, Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, the main suspect of the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, raises his fist after his court appearance in Islamabad, Pakistan. A defense lawyer said Thursday, April 9, 2015 that a Pakistani court has ordered the release of the main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attacks for the second time in less than a month.(AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of Pakistani religious group Jamat ud Dawa raise their hands during a rally to support the Saudi Arabian government, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, April 9, 2015. A joint session of the Parliament is in progress to discuss the Yemen situation and debate whether to join the Saudi-led coalition against anti-government rebels in Yemen. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Supporters of Pakistani religious group Jamat ud Dawa raise their hands during a rally to support the Saudi Arabian government, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, April 9, 2015. A joint session of the Parliament is in progress to discuss the Yemen situation and debate whether to join the Saudi-led coalition against anti-government rebels in Yemen. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of Pakistani religious group Jamat ud Dawa chant slogans in favor of the Saudi Arabian government, during a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, April 9, 2015. A joint session of the Parliament is in progress to discuss the Yemen situation and debate whether to join the Saudi-led coalition against anti-government rebels in Yemen. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Supporters of Pakistani religious group Jamat ud Dawa chant slogans in favor of the Saudi Arabian government, during a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, April 9, 2015. A joint session of the Parliament is in progress to discuss the Yemen situation and debate whether to join the Saudi-led coalition against anti-government rebels in Yemen. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)  (The Associated Press)

A defense lawyer says a Pakistani court has ordered the release of the main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attacks for the second time in less than a month.

A March 13 verdict also ordered the release of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, but he remained in detention as Pakistan faces mounting pressure to more actively confront Islamic militants.

His defense lawyer, Rizwan Abbasi, says he is still in custody.

Lakhvi, one of seven suspects being tried in Pakistan in connection with the attacks that killed 166 people, has been in jail since his arrest in 2009.

India has repeatedly urged Pakistan to more actively pursue the case, and Pakistan faced renewed pressure following the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar in December, which left more than 140 people dead, mainly schoolchildren.