Hafiz Saeed arrest: Celebrated lawyer and Special Public Prosecutor in 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case Ujjwal Nikam accused Pakistan of trying to fool the world with respect to effective action against Hafiz Saeed. Nikam's reaction came soon after news of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's arrest broke in the media.
Nikam stressed the need for conviction of Hafiz Saeed. He suugested that a mere arrest may not prove to be adequate.
"Pakistan is fooling the world that they have arrested him, we have to see how they produce evidence in courts and how efforts are made to convict him, otherwise it is a drama," he said. He was quoted by ANI.
Ujjwal Nikam, special public prosecutor in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case on arrest of Hafiz Saeed: Pakistan is fooling the world that they have arrested him, we have to see how they produce evidence in courts and how efforts are made to convict him, otherwise it is a drama. pic.twitter.com/tvRToS0j6q— ANI (@ANI) July 17, 2019
Jamat-ud-Dawa chief and 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed was arrested and sent to judicial custody in Pakistan. He was on his way to Gujranwala from Lahore when he was arrested.
Nikam's words carry weight as he has served as public prosecutor in 2008 Mumbai terror attack case and 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case before that.
This is not the first time Pakistani authorities have appeared to take action against Hafiz Saeed. Right after 2008 terror attacks, Pakistan denied that its soil was used to launch the attacks. As role of Pakistan-based terror networks became clear, all efforts were made by the government to shield big guns like Hafiz Saeed. Under increasing international pressure, action was taken against Saeed but he was soon let free.
Hafiz Saeed is often in news for his vitrolic sermons inside Pakistan and his controversial statements against India. Though his statements, he has often declared support for what he a 'freedom struggle' in Jammu and Kashmir. He maintains that Jamat-ud-Dawa is, quite ironically, a 'religious organisation'. In reality, it manages a terror network that facilitates violent activities to be carried out in India.
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