Mumbai terror attack: Pakistan rejects India’s demand to re-investigate 26/11 attacks, Hafiz Saeed enjoys freedom; 10 updates

Zeeshan Shaikh
Gopal Baglay, spokesperson from External Affairs Ministry demanded an immediate action against the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack in which more than 166 people lost their lives and over 200 were injured.

Mumbai/Islamabad, April 27: Pakistan on Thursday rejected India’s plea of re-investigating the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and to start trial on Hafiz Saeed in the matter. Pakistan also demanded “concrete” evidence against Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief who is enjoying freedom in his country.

India has reportedly said that it was a matter of concern that even after eight years of the strike, the 26/11 mastermind enjoy freedom in Pakistan. On Thursday, Gopal Baglay, the spokesperson from External Affairs Ministry demanded an immediate action against the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack in which more than 166 people lost their lives and over 200 were injured.

Here are some latest updates:

  • A senior interior ministry official who is privy to the correspondence between India and Pakistan was quoted by news agency PTI, where he said, “Pakistan in its reply to India’s demand to re-investigate the 2008 case and start a trial on Jamaat-ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed has reached nowhere”. Pakistani officials said that the case has already reached an advanced stage.
  • The official said that at this stage, re-investigation is not possible. “All proceedings (in the case) have been finalised except the statement of 24 Indian witnesses are yet to be recorded. If India is looking for a conclusion, then they must be sent its witnesses to Pakistan to record their statements”.
  • Hafiz Saeed, who had allegedly planned the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack carries a bounty of USD 10 million on his head for his role in terror-related activities. The bounty was announced by the United States on Hafiz Saeed and his four aides who are under house arrest in Lahore, since January 30 under Pakistan’s anti-terrorism law which recently came into effect.
  • Earlier Hafiz Saeed was put under house arrest some months after the Mumbai terror attack in which 166 people lost their lives and over 200 were injured in the attack carried out by 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) men, but he was freed by a court in 2009 due to lack of evidence against him.
  • The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson also said that it is the responsibility of Pakistan government to bring to book, all those who were involved in conspiring, executing and mounting the Mumbai terror attack in which 166 people were killed almost in one night.
  • “It is a matter of great concern that after eight years of the attack, the perpetrators behind it continue to enjoy freedom in Pakistan and have not been brought to book,” Gopal Baglay said while addressing the media.
  • For putting Hafiz Saeed on trial for 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Pakistan has sought “concrete” evidence from India.
  • India in its dossier submitted to Pakistan has mentioned that Ajmal Kasab (the lone gunman captured alive) had once met Hafiz Saeed. On this Pakistan has replied, “Number of people meet Hafiz Saeed, that doesn’t prove anything. Pakistan will start a trial on Hafiz Saeed only if India gives us solid evidence against him in this regard”.
  • In Pakistan, the trial of Mumbai terror attack has been pending for past seven years. India has urged Pakistan to complete the trial at the earliest but the neighbouring country has said that they do not have enough evidence to prosecute the accused.
  • The Mumbai terror attack took place on 26th January 2008 in six places in the island city. Out of 10 LeT gunmen who were on a mission to kill, Ajmal Kasam was captured alive and later executed after a court in India found him guilty and handed down the death sentence.