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Pakistan gets cold feet on Lakhvi

“Lakhvi was to be freed from Adiala Jail Rawalpindi on Friday morning but the government detained him there for three months under the 16 MPO,” said prosecution chief Chaudhry Azhar adding that the Pakistan government had also conveyed the same to India.

Meanwhile in India, the Opposition and ruling party spoke in one voice to express outrage in the Lok Sabha on Friday over the Pakistani court’s relief to Lakhvi, before he was detained again. Prime minister Narendra Modi led the condemnation when members across parties criticised Pakistan for showing a “double face” on terrorism at a time it was mourning the massacre of 148 people, mostly children, in Peshawar. “This type of attitude is a setback for all those who believe in humanitarianism. We have conveyed the message in terse words to Pakistan,” said Modi in Parliament.

Modi, along with foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, senior BJP leaders and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, drafted a resolution condemning the bail to one of India’s most wanted terrorists. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan read out the resolution which asked the government to take “all steps in its power, including through its relations with foreign countries, to mount pressure on Pakistan to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion”.

“We demand that the Pakistan government have this decision overturned immediately. We are keeping a watch on its response,” read the resolution. “It seems that the lesson that there should be no compromise with terrorists has not been learnt,” it said.

Foreign minister Swaraj rejected the Pakistani argument about lack of evidence against Lakhvi to nail him in the 26/11 case. “It is their (Pakistan’s) responsibility to ensure punishment to them (Mumbai attack accused) by furnishing evidence. The Pakistani government, by letting Lakhvi go out on bail, has made a mockery of its pledge to fight terror groups without any condition or discrimination. It emboldens terrorists who massacred children in Peshawar.”
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