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India slams Pak for clean chit to 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, demands his arrest

India has consistently protested the slow pace of trial in Pakistan on the Mumbai terror attacks, in which 166 people were killed in 2008.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2014 4:04 am
Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit in new delhi on monday. ( Source: Express photo by Anil Sharma ) Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit in new delhi on monday. ( Source: Express photo by Anil Sharma )

India on Monday described Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed as the “evil mastermind” behind the Mumbai terror attacks, hours after Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said that Saeed is “free to roam around” since Pakistan’s courts have acquitted him.

The Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, “Our views on Hafiz Saeed are very clear. To us, he is the evil mastermind of the attacks on Mumbai and one of the accused in an Indian court for killings on streets of Mumbai. We have repeatedly asked Pakistan that he should be apprehended and taken through normal judicial process. Alas! He has never been arrested on account of 26/11. Therefore…. he is only free because he is a Pakistani citizen.”

The MEA spokesperson further said, “99 per cent evidence in this case is in Pakistan. That is because the entire conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan. The planning for this dastardly act was done in Pakistan. The financing for this act was undertaken in Pakistan and people involved in this were from Pakistan. Therefore, it has always been our view that it devolves on Pakistan that it ensures that criminals like Hafiz Saeed were brought to book and justice was delivered in the instance of crime in Mumbai.”

The remarks came after the Pakistan envoy said, “Hafiz Saeed is a Pakistani national so he is free to roam around. So what is the problem…he is a free citizen so there is no issue as far as Pakistan is concerned. Courts have already exonerated him. There is no case pending against him.”

India has consistently protested the slow pace of trial in Pakistan on the Mumbai terror attacks, in which 166 people were killed in 2008.

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    Arnold Biggles
    Sep 15, 2014 at 4:03 pm
    Guys, this peace stuff with the 's is simply not going to work. From 1945 to 2014 it has not worked. Because Indians are not on same page as s's. You have to speak same language as the 's for them to understand. India's reactions are not conducive to peace. If someone slaps you , and you just turn the other cheek, guess what you will get slapped again , and again. 166 innocent people lost their lives in Mumbai. 600 should have lost their lives in that terrorist nation for them to understand. U.S goes to a terrorist nation and eliminates the Sept 11 mastermind. That is the language a terrorist nation will understand. Peace has been given enough of chance. It is time for India to show some spine and speak the same language.
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      JK2020
      Sep 16, 2014 at 8:52 am
      Bomb paakeeland and take it into the stone age!
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        Parappur
        Sep 15, 2014 at 11:05 pm
        And there are plenty of our so-called liberals who want discussion with stan. In which planet are these people living?
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          Karen Wilson
          Sep 15, 2014 at 8:49 pm
          What do you expect of a failed state?
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          1. kris kumar
            Sep 15, 2014 at 4:37 pm
            It is clear that was never sincere in building good relation with India and first delaying in convicting the 26/11 master mind then with time giving him free chit. only talks for good relation with India but stabs in the back soon after. Talks with Pak will not solve any problems with India and all those peace lovers are mid guiding Indian. War is the solution.
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