Pakistan just need the political will to take action against 26/11 mastermind

Saeed has been put under detention by the Pakistan authorities, a move to placate the Trump administration and China.

Published: 02nd February 2017 09:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd February 2017 09:00 PM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The war of words between India and Pakistan over the detention of Hafiz Saeed continued on Thursday as New Delhi contended that Islamabad just need “political will” to bring the mastermind of Mumbai terror attack to book. Pakistan watchers are terming the detention of Hafiz Saeed as “hogwash” as the charges against him would not be serious.

“Hafiz Saeed has himself confessed to masterminding multiple acts of terror directed at India. So the so called concrete evidence that Pakistani establishment is looking for is already available in Pakistan. All they need is to find the requisite political will,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on Thursday.

Saeed has been put under detention by the Pakistan authorities, a move to placate the Trump administration and China. Islamabad has even contended that it would be filing an FIR against the Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Saeed. JuD claims to be a charity group but the US has categorised it as a front for the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and has enlisted as a terror outfit. “We would be seeing what charges Pakistan would be pressing against Saeed. A charge of violating Section 144 for unlawful assembly is a bailable offence and would mean a replay of Pakistan’s tactic in the past to deflect international attention,” MEA officials said on condition of anonymity.

Pakistan has been putting the ball in India’s court asking it to give evidence in 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. “Let us be very clear. The entire conspiracy in the Mumbai terror attack case was hatched in Pakistan. All the terrorists came from Pakistan…. So all the evidence to implicate the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack is already available in Pakistan,” Swarup added.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp