'Seen this drama,' says India on Hafiz Saeed's arrest by Pakistan

File photo of Hafiz Saeed. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION New Delhi Jul 18, 2019, 05.13 PM (IST) Reported By: Sidhant Sibal Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

India has dismissed the arrest of 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed and has called it a drama which New Delhi has seen in the past.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "We have seen the arrest reports. This has been going on for a long time. The arrest-release drama has happened more than 8 times since 2001."

"The question is, will Saeed be tried this time. We reiterate Saeed is a designated terrorist, listed by the UN," Kumar added.

Saeed carries a reward of $10 million on him as announced by the US state department.

Kumar reiterated India's stance on cross border terror saying, "Pakistan's sincerity to take action against terrorism will be judged based on their action against terrorists and groups. We hope that this time Saeed will be brought to justice". 

The MEA spokesperson also reacted to the tweet by US President Donald Trump on the arrest, "This tweet has to be seen in the context of global cooperation in the fight against terrorism," Kumar stated. 

Trump had tweeted that it was because of "great pressure" that has been "exerted over the last two years to find him" that led to Saeed's arrest.

Saeed was arrested by Pakistan's Punjab government on Wednesday over terror financing charges and has been sent on 7-day judicial remand. 

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Saeed was arrested by Pakistan's Punjab government on Wednesday over terror financing charges and has been sent on 7-day judicial remand.