Muster will and arrest Saeed, India tells Pak

Muster will and arrest Saeed, India tells Pak
India has asked Pakistan to muster the political will to use the evidences available in their country to implicate Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. New Delhi on Thursday said that all evidence required to nail the radical cleric, who masterminded the attacks, was available in Pakistan.

“The entire conspiracy in the Mumbai terror attack case was hatched in Pakistan,” said Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, on Thursday. He was reacting to a statement by the Pakistan government, which had asked New Delhi to provide Islamabad concrete evidence against Saeed, if it was serious about its allegations.

The 26/11 carnage was carried out by 10 LeT terrorists from Pakistan. They sailed from Karachi to Mumbai and killed over 166 people in the three-day attack. The only terrorist to be caught alive, Ajmal Kasab, later told interrogators that he and his accomplices were radicalised by Saeed.

“All the terrorists came from Pakistan. All the planning was done in Pakistan. All the support was rendered by Pakistan. So, all the evidence to implicate the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack is already available in Pakistan,” said Swarup. Saeed, who heads the LeT’s political wing Jamat-ud-Dawa, was detained in Pakistan on Monday and was placed under house arrest.

Saeed has been placed under house arrest in Pakistan several times: in December 2001 after the terror attack on Parliament; in July 2006 after the Mumbai train blasts and in December 2008 after the 26/11 attacks. He was, however, released later every time.
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