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Lawful process in Mumbai case delayed due to Indian disinclination: FO

Pakistan did not ask Dubai to hand over Arshad Sharif: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has said that the legal process in the ‘Mumbai Case’ remains stalled due to reluctance by the Indian side to send witnesses for cross-examination by the Pakistani court.

The spokesperson of the Foreign Office, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri in a statement said investigations, prosecutions and subsequent convictions, through due process, are a reflection of the effectiveness of Pakistan’s legal system, which operates independently of any extraneous factors or influences.

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri reiterated that Pakistan is fully abiding by its own statutes and fulfillment of its international obligations.” 

“The State Department is encouraged to reserve its concern for the active aiding, abetting, planning, promoting, financing & execution of terrorist activities by India for which sufficient irrefutable evidence has already been provided.” The spokesman added.

Earlier, India accused the leader of the proscribed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi of his involvement in the Mumbai attacks that took place in 2008. India had questioned the timing of action against Lakhvi who was convicted of terror financing by a Lahore anti-terrorism court on Friday.

According to Indian media, the MEA said that UN proscribed entities and designated terrorists act as proxies for Pakistan’s establishment to fulfill Islamabad’s anti-India agenda. The action was taken to suggest a “sense of compliance” ahead of the Financial Action Taskforce meet, it added.

The spokesman of Foreign Office (FO), Zahid Hafeez Chaudri in a statement said, “Pakistan categorically rejects the malicious statement by the MEA regarding the conviction of an UN-designated individual by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan.

He further said India has no locus standi to comment on the independent judicial mechanisms of Pakistan. “In this regard, the only ‘compliance’ that interests Pakistan is abiding by its own statutes and fulfillment of its international obligations,” the statement said.

 

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