ISLAMABAD - A government prosecutor said Monday he had been forced to delay his appeal against a court order which grants bail to the alleged mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai.
A judge in an Islamabad anti-terror court last week granted bail to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, accused over the siege on India's commercial capital that left 166 people dead.
The bail decision triggered a furious response from New Delhi and Pakistani prosecutors swiftly announced they would appeal against it.
The challenge was due to be filed on Monday but government prosecutor Mohammad Azhar Chaudhry told AFP he had been unable to proceed.
"I have not yet received copy of the court (bail) order, which is essential to complete legal formalities," Chaudhry told AFP.
He said he would challenge the order after examining the bail order.
Lakhvi remains in custody in the high-security Adyala prison in Rawalpindi after the authorities ordered his detention - following the court's bail decision - under public order laws.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told lawmakers last week that the bail order came "as a shock to all those who believe in humanity world over".
Seven Pakistani suspects have been charged with planning and financing the attacks but the failure to advance their trials has been a major obstacle to better ties between Pakistan and India.
Delhi accuses Islamabad of prevaricating over the trials, while Pakistan has claimed that India failed to hand over crucial evidence.