India responsible for Lakhvi's release: FO

Delay in extending cooperation by India complicated the case and weakened the prosecution, says spokesperson

Web Desk April 11, 2015

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office responded to criticism from India pertaining to the recent release of Zakiur Rehman and attributed blame on India for recent developments in the case, a press release revealed.

In response to a question regarding the remarks of the Indian spokesperson on the recent Lahore High Court order setting aside the detention of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the spokesperson said that the case of the Mumbai attack suspects was subjudice.

"It would not be proper to cast aspertions on Pakistan’s commitment to countering terrorism at a time when Pakistan has entered a critical stage of defeating the menace of terrorism," the spokesperson for foreign affairs ministry said.

Read:India slams Lakhvi release as 'insult' to Mumbai attack victim

The spokesperson went on to say "as I had mentioned earlier also, inordinate delay in extending cooperation by India complicated the case and weakened the prosecution. We respect the judicial process and are confident that it would serve the interest of justice."

The alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks in 2008 was released after being in detention for over five years. The government failed to produce any evidence against him, whereby he was released on April 10.

Read: Lakhvi freed from Adiala Jail

His detention has elevated tensions between India and Pakistan as Modi showed resentment in a recent meeting with French President Francois Hollande, during which he gave a veiled message to Pakistan that rather than remaining true to the commitment and punishing terrorists, it is providing shelter to them.

Meanwhile, according to the Indian media, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh terming the development ‘unfortunate’ said the Indian government was ‘disappointed’ over Lakhvi's release.


Kushal | 6 years ago | Reply @Ariba: Kasab and his ilk was trained to confuse the world. They were trained in Hindi and told to use terms like Bhagwan etc, so that suspecting Pakistan is out of the picture. Kasav himself acknowledged it. Your own newspaper went to his village and confirmed that they are all residents of Pak Punjab. You own interior minister Rehman Malik acknowledged that the terror trail originated from Pakistan. But I know you, the so called literate section of Pakistan, will never accept it.
indian | 6 years ago | Reply @Ariba: The whole world knows they were from Pakistan, They were taught to talk in hindi by the Pakistani trainers. Ajmal Kasab's home was traced back to Punjab province in Pakistan by your own tv channel Geo. Apart from India U.S. also handed over evidence to Pakistan More here Revealed: home of Mumbai's gunman in Pakistan village
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