ISLAMABAD, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) — Pakistan on Wednesday pressed India to provide concrete evidence against Hafiz Saeed, a man India claims masterminded the 2008 attacks in Mumbai.
Pakistani authorities put Saeed and four other people under house arrest in the city of Lahore on Monday in the wake of UN sanctions on Saeed’s Jamaat ud Dawa organization.
India said it was not impressed by Saeed’s detention, insisting that only a “credible crackdown” on terror outfits, including Saeed’s, will prove Pakistan’s sincerity, the PTI news agency reported.
Regarding the detention of Hafiz Saeed, Pakistan’s Interior Ministry said that the country does not need any certification or endorsement from India over the recent actions it has taken in relation to Hafiz Saeed.
“If indeed India is serious about its allegations, it should come up with concrete evidence against Hafiz Saeed… Mere casting aspersions and leveling allegations without any corroborating evidence would not help the cause of peace in the region,” a spokesman of the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
“The international community should take note and understand that Pakistan is a democratic society where judiciary takes free, independent and transparent decisions,” said the spokesman.
He said Pakistan is still looking for justification and explanation from India as to how all the accused involved in 2007 Samjhota Express bombing where 68 Pakistani nationals lost their lives have gone scot-free.
Terrorist attacked the Pakistan-bound passenger train in February 2007 near the Indian city of Panipat, 80 km north of New Delhi.
“The involvement of Indian army officer Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit and Hindu extremist leaders like Swami Aseemanand of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in the Samjhota Express terrorist incident is a matter of record and has been widely reported in the international press without any positive response from India,” the spokesman added.