Pakistan

LAHORE (Staff Report) – While Pakistan has pledged Indian government to speed up the trial of half a dozen people who were charged for planning 26/11 attacks, Hafiz Saeed has dared India to prove his role in the attacks that killed over 160 people in Mumbai in 2009.


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In a video posted on micro-blogging website Twitter the Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief, who is often dubbed as one of the planners of Mumbai attacks by Indian authorities, went on to say that Pakistani government remained silent during the visit of Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj but let me respond.

“India never provided any evidence of my involvement in Mumbai attacks and neither they will till eternity,” he said. He further added that India has no evidences of 26/11 attacks planned by me but Prime Minister Narendra Modi openly conceded his country’s role in worst terrorism during 1971 war [which resulted in establishment of Bangladesh].


The statement comes just days after an Indian court announced conditional pardon for another alleged Mumbai attack planner David Headly who currently serving imprisonment in United States, accepting him as prosecution witness.

David Headly had previously conceded the charges leveled against him ‘to his personal capacity’ before a US court where a case for the same crime resulted in 35 years imprisonment for him. He repeated the same confessional statement before Indian court as well during a hearing through video conference.

The court judge GA Sanap told Headly after his statement that he is now in the custody of the court and he should now cooperate with the investigation officials.

Another alleged operative of Lashkar-e-Taiba Abu Jundal was also presented before the court through video conference however the hearing was adjourned after half an hour on the request of special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

Another case for the same charges is also underway in Pakistan where Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged planner of Mumbai attacks, and Hafiz Saeed of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, which is registered as a welfare organisation in Pakistan, are facing the trial. However none of the both is under custody now.