Islamabad: The Jamaat-ud-Dawah on Monday
claimed the acquittal by an Indian court of two suspects
linked to the Mumbai attacks had shown that Indian authorities
had "no proof of Pakistan`s involvement" in the terrorist
"The acquittal of Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin has
shown the reality of Indian drama around the Mumbai attacks.
It is evident that the Indian government has no proof of
Pakistan`s involvement in this case," JuD spokesman Yahya
Mujahid said hours after the court in Mumbai convicted Ajmal
Amir Kasab, the lone gunman arrested during the attacks.
Pakistani national Kasab, 22, was found guilty of
murder and waging war against India for his role in the
60-hour siege that left 166 people dead.
Kasab was convicted on most of the 86 charges against
him and faces the death penalty.
However, the statement issued by the JuD spokesman
made no mention of Kasab`s conviction.
Mujahid claimed India had wanted to use the Mumbai
attacks as a "propaganda tactic to defame Pakistan".
"India wants to divert attention from real issues like
Kashmir and blocking (of) Pakistani rivers. In doing so, the
verdict (of the Indian court) was given in an unusually
expeditious manner," said Mujahid, a close aide of JuD chief
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who is wanted by India for allegedly
masterminding the Mumbai attacks.
Mujahid also claimed India had tried to "defame the
Kashmiri freedom movement by unjustifiably" linking Hafiz
Saeed and Lakhvi to the Mumbai attacks.
He contended that when the Mumbai attacks happened,
Saeed had categorically denied that he or JuD were involved in
Even after Pakistan`s Attorney General, the Advocate
General of Punjab province and other law officials "put forth
all the available evidence before the Lahore High Court, a
full bench had "decided that all the accusations (against)
Hafiz Saeed are baseless", Mujahid claimed.
Mujahid said India must stop blaming others and try to
"tackle her internal problems instead of discrediting Pakistan
or the genuine freedom movement of Kashmir".
The Pakistan government cracked down on the JuD and
sealed its offices across the country after the group was
declared a front for the Lashker-e-Taiba by the UN Security
Council in the wake of the Mumbai attacks in November 2008.
Saeed, also the founder of the LeT, was placed under
house arrest but was freed on the orders of the Lahore High
Court after about six months of detention.
During hearings in the Lahore High Court, the federal
government acknowledged that it had never formally banned the
In recent months, Saeed has stepped up his tirade
against India and called on supporters to wage a jehad or
holy war for the "liberation" of the Indian state of Jammu and