Aiyar confronts JuD chief on Pak TV: ‘He should be arrested’

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed appeared to lose his cool on a TV show

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad | Published:February 3, 2012 12:59 am

Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed appeared to lose his cool on a TV show on Thursday when Indian Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar questioned his contention that Indians did not accept Pakistan,and said he should be arrested and brought before court.

The host of the show suddenly introduced Saeed,the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks,on a phone link while Aiyar was in the studio in Islamabad.

Responding to a question from the host,the founder of Lashkar-e-Toiba said,“Giving India MFN-status is not correct because there are already big problems that haven’t been resolved. The dams being made by India will create a crisis in Pakistan.”

Aiyar,on a private visit to Pakistan,responded by saying,“There are some like Hafiz Saeed in our country who do not want things to move forward but thankfully the ordinary people want our ties to improve. We can improve our relations irrespective of what his opinion is. We want him to be caught and taken to a terrorism court.”

Saeed then claimed there was “no case” against him in Pakistan and that he had always been arrested on the basis of “trumped up charges” presented by India. Saeed appeared to lose his cool and began speaking in a raised tone before he was cut off by the host. Saeed claimed that if Aiyar accepted Pakistan,then he should accept its verdicts. “If you don’t like Pakistan’s courts then take me to an international court and present (evidence) you have,” he said.

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