Pak has been enacting similar drama since 2001: India on Hafiz arrest

A day after Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed was arrested by Pakistan, India Thursday said similar “drama” has taken place at least eight times since 2001, and the genuineness of the action will depend on whether he is tried for his militant activities.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India hoped that Saeed will genuinely be brought to justice this time.

“This is not the first time that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested or detained. This drama has taken place at least eight times since 2001. The question is whether this time it would be more than a cosmetic exercise and whether Saeed will be tried and sentenced for his activities,” he said at a weekly media briefing.

“Effective action mandated internationally against Hafiz Saeed and his terrorist organisations is an obligation on part of all UN member states, including Pakistan,” said Kumar. “Pakistan’s sincerity to take action against militants and groups will be judged on the basis of their ability to demonstrate verifiable, credible and irreversible actions against terrorists and to disrupt and dismantle terror groups operating from their soil,” the MEA spokesperson said.