New Delhi: Reacting to 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s challenge to India to prove that he is a terrorist, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain on Thursday said that if Pakistan hands him over, fact will be separated from fiction in no time.
“We want that Pakistan immediately hands Hafiz Saeed over to India. …There are Courts in India and justice will be done. India is ruled by laws and our Courts are committed to justice. If Hafiz Saeed is keen to be looked upon as a social worker, rather than a terrorist, we ask that he comes to India and faces the allegations that this country’s government has accused him of…. If he is handed over to India, fact will be separated from fiction,” Hussain said.
Hussain said that Saeed is plotting against India while feigning his identity as a social worker. “The Pakistani Army and the ISI have kept Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan without the uniform or arms of a terrorist. If he is such a big social worker, why is he imparting training for attacks against India? He is soliciting Pakistan against India. It does nothing for him to say that he is not a terrorist; no one will believe his word,” Hussain said.
“In the name of being a social worker, he is being an anti-India worker,” Hussain added.
Hussain labeled Hafiz Saeed as the “ringleader” and “guardian of terrorists”, saying that he is the “main conspirator” in the attacks against India. “India has been the victim of several of his conspiracies. No further probe on this matter is required. In every investigation conducted in India, it has been found that Hafiz Saeed has been guilty. He is the main accused in the Mumbai attacks (2008); he was the mastermind of those attacks and the Pakistan Army has also admitted to it,” Hussain asserted.
On Wednesday, Hafiz Saeed, who roams a free man in Pakistan, challenged India to prove that he is a terrorist. According to media reports, Saeed said: “You (India) are continuously calling me a terrorist. But I am not a terrorist, and if you are not satisfied, an independent judicial commission comprising senior lawyers and judges from India and Pakistan should investigate whether I am guilty. Whatever verdict the commission announces I will accept that."
On August 13, in light of 26/11 Mumbai terror mastermind, the Ministry of External Affairs strongly asserted that India would not rest until he is brought to justice.
"I think our view has been articulated on several occasions. We see him as the mastermind behind Mumbai 2008. We see him as somebody who we would like to bring to justice and we will not rest until we will fulfill that. Therefore, that follows on anything that he does. Fugitives from justice need to be brought to justice," MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.
Meanwhile, Saeed led Eid prayers at Gaddafi Stadium last week and reportedly used the micro-blogging website, Twitter, to issue strong anti-India statements. Saeed``s threats have further heightened the tension between the two countries, after Pakistan has indulged in multiple violent incidents along the Line of Control.