India has sent strong message to Pakistan, says PM Modi in Lok Sabha on Lakhvi’s bail

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New Delhi: India on Friday rejected Pakistan’s contention about insufficient evidence against Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi and asked it to ensure reversal of bail granted to him as Parliament expressed outrage over the development and condemned it.

As members raised the issue in Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the bail granted to Lakhvi yesterday has come as a “shock” to all those who believe in humanity worldover, particularly after every Indian shared the pain of the massacre of Pakistani children in Peshawar on Tuesday.

The Lok Sabha adopted a quickly-drafted resolution condemning the bail granted to Lakhvi and asked the government to take “all steps in its power, including through its relations with foreign countries, to put pressure on Pakistan to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion.”

As the House stood as one on the issue sinking differences, Modi said India immediately conveyed its sentiments in the “strongest terms” to Pakistan and the future actions will take into account the agitated feelings expressed by the MPs.

Referring to the massacre in a school in Peshawar, he said, “The pain felt in India was no less than that felt in Pakistan. Every Indian had tears in eyes… But immediately after that this kind of behaviour has come as shock to all those who believe in humanity.”

He assured the House that the sentiments expressed by the members will be reflected in government’s actions on the issue.

Immediately after, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a statement, saying, “We reject this argument that there is lack of adequate evidence.”

She said by allowing bail to Lakhvi, Pakistan has made mockery of its pledge to fight terrorism “without any condition or discrimination” and asserted that Pakistan should immediately get this decision overturned.

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