India has conveyed to Pakistan its "strong concern" on the grant of bail to key 26/11 Mumbai attack handler Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, saying the release will make a mockery of Pakistan's commitment to fight terror groups without hesitation and without making distinctions.
"Despite repeated assurances that have been received, we have seen both the prosecution of the seven accused in the anti-terror court in Islamabad, as also the investigation by the authorities into the larger conspiracy surrounding the
Mumbai attack case proceeding at a glacial pace. The story of repeated postponements, adjournments and unavailability of concerned law officers or witnesses is well documented and does not require repetition. The move to grant bail to Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi has taken this saga to another level," official spokesman in the External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin said on Friday.
"We have, therefore, forthwith communicated to Pakistan through diplomatic channels our strong concerns on this matter and the sentiments across the spectrum of Indian society that that this will make a mockery of Pakistan's commitment to fight terror groups without hesitation and without making distinctions," the spokesman said.
Lakhvi is among the seven Pakistani nationals accused of planning and abetting the brazen terror attack in Mumbai on November 26, 2008 that left 166 dead, including foreigners.
In a sharp reaction to the bail granted to 54-year-old United Nations-designated terrorist by a Rawalpindi court, New Delhi had on Thursday told Islamabad that there could be no selective approach to terrorism, emphasising that it should realise that no compromise can ever be made with terrorists.
Image: 26/11 Mumbai attack handler Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was granted bail on Thursday