New Delhi, May 5: BJP on Tuesday slammed chief of banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa Hafiz Saeed for claiming that Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi is innocent. Saeed had also said that India is trying to put pressure on Pakistan through the UN and the US to punish him for the 2008 Mumbai attack.
"India has no evidence against Lakhvi. Out of desperation it has contacted the United Nations and the US to pressure the Pakistani government to give punishment to Lakhvi.
Lakhvi is "innocent" as there has been no evidence against him for his involvement in Mumbai attack case, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was quoted as saying by Dunya TV.
His comments came after India took up Lakhvi's matter with the UN.
India has written to the UN, expressing concern over Lakhvi's release from a Pakistani jail, noting it violates the provisions of the global body.
A United Nations Security Council (UNSC) committee has assured India that it will take up the issue of Lakhvi at its next meeting.
The BJP slammed Saeed for his remark and said that his certificate confirms that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader is the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
"Hafiz Saeed is himself among the dreaded terrorist that the world has already notified. And his clean certificate to Lakhvi, who was the real mastermind behind the 26/11 terror attacks, I think shows the connection and the extensive network of terrorist that pervades Pakistan as a country," BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao told ANI.
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"I think Hafiz Saeed has absolutely no locus standi, his certificate only goes confirms that Lakhvi is the mastermind of 26/11. If anybody had any doubt in mind, here is the proof," he added.
The JuD chief's comments came after New Delhi took up Lakhvi's matter with the UN.
(With inputs from agencies)