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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 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 (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.