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Mumbai Terrorists: Pakistan Won’t Send Any Captives to India

December 9, 2008

Pakistan said Tuesday it would not hand over any suspects in the Mumbai bombings to India, after authorities arrested 15 people in a raid on an Islamic charity linked to a banned militant group.

India has repeatedly said that the hardline Lashkar-e-Taiba organisation was behind last month’s carnage in Mumbai, which saw attackers go on a grenade and gun spree in the city that left 172 people dead and more than 300 wounded.

by Claire Cozens, AFP

With tensions rising between the nuclear-armed neighbours over the bloodshed, India had demanded that Pakistan hand over militant suspects — but Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that was out of the question.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad ... 
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad in November 2008. Pakistan said Tuesday it would not hand over any suspects in the Mumbai bombings to India, after authorities arrested 15 people in a raid on an Islamic charity linked to a banned militant group.(AFP/File/Farooq Naeem)

“The arrests are being made for our own investigations. Even if allegations are proved against any suspect, he will not be handed over to India,” the minister said. “We will proceed against those arrested under Pakistani laws.”

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from Britain and nearly came to a fourth in 2001 after an attack on the Indian parliament that was blamed on Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which means Army of the Pious.

Under international pressure to act, Pakistan on Sunday raided a camp run by a charity, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, that many believe has close links to Lashkar-e-Taiba, and arrested 15 people.

The charity is headed by LeT’s founder Hafiz Saeed.

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Pakistan arrests 15 over Mumbai attacks

December 8, 2008

Pakistan responded to intense pressure from the US to take action after the Mumbai attacks by arresting 15 people in a raid on a camp in the disputed region of Kashmir, an intelligence official said Monday.

The arrests, which were made late Sunday, came as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said there was evidence Pakistan had been used by “non-state actors” to mount the deadly attacks on India’s financial capital.

“I do think that Pakistan has a responsibility to act,” she said in a television interview.

The 15 arrested in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir were from an Islamic charity closely linked to the Lashkar-e-Taiba group, which India accuses of being behind the 60-hour siege, the intelligence official said.

“Security forces raided a relief camp set up by Jamaat-ud-Dawa,” he said.

AFP

The operation was staged to get details about “the activities of the group in Kashmir in the wake of allegations by India that LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) was using Pakistani territory for training,” he said.

Jamaat-ud-Dawa is run by Hafiz Saeed, who founded Lashkar-e-Taiba in 1989. He abandoned the group when it was outlawed after India alleged it was behind a 2001 attack on parliament in New Delhi.

The Mumbai siege left 172 people dead, including nine gunmen, and has badly soured ties between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours, which have fought three wars since independence from Britain.

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In this file photo dated June 28, 2008, Pakistani Zaki-ur-Rehman ... 
In this file photo dated June 28, 2008, Pakistani Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi speaks during a rally at Muzaffarabad, in Pakistani controlled Kashmir, Pakistan, Saturday, June 28, 2008. Security forces overran a militant camp on the outskirts of Pakistani Kashmir’s main city and seized an alleged mastermind of the attacks that shook India’s financial capital last month, officials said Monday. Backed by a helicopter, the troops grabbed Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi among at least 12 people taken Sunday in the raid on the riverbank camp run by the banned group Laskhar-e-Taiba in Pakistani Kashmir, the officials said.(AP Photo/Roshan Mughal)