India requests Pakistan to extradite 26/11 terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed: MEA

New Delhi, Dec 29 (UNI) The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said the Central government sent a request along with relevant supporting documents to Pakistan to extradite the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the mastermind of Mumbai terror attack Hafiz Saeed to face trial in India.

Addressing a weekly press conference in New Delhi, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “The person in question is wanted in numerous cases in India. He is also a UN-proscribed terrorist”.

“We have conveyed a request along with relevant supporting documents to the Government of Pakistan to extradite him to India to face trial in a particular case. We have been flagging the issue of activities, that he’s been wanted for” Bagchi said.

Hafiz Saaed has been in Pakistan jail since 2019 after being convicted for several years in multiple terror finance cases along with some other leaders of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD).

The LeT Founder has been arrested and released several times over the past decade and denies his involvement with armed operations.

Hafiz Saeed-led JuD is the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which is allegedly responsible for carrying out the 26/11 Mumbai attack in 2008 that killed 166 people.

Over the issue of commuting the death sentence of 8 Indian ex-Navy personnel, MEA Spokesperson said, “The sentences have been reduced but I don’t have any additional information to share until we see the detailed judgment”.

“We will also of course be discussing the next possible steps with the legal team and the family members” he added.

On Thursday the Court of Appeal of Qatar commuted the death sentence of eight former Indian Navy personnel in connection with an alleged case of espionage.

The Indian nationals were arrested by the Qatari intelligence agency in August 2022, on alleged charges of spying on submarine program on behalf of Israel.

Replying to a query on aircraft with Indian passengers that was grounded in France for four days over suspected human trafficking, Arindam Bagchi said the issue is being dealt by French authorities as per their local laws.

“The specific Indians who are there, if they require any assistance from us, we would extend consular assistance” he assured.

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