After Rajnath Singh’s demand of action, Pakistan arrests Mumbai attacks financer
On the day Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanded “strongest action” and not “mere strong condemnation”, Pakistan on Thursday arrested a terrorist for alleged involvement in 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Sufiyan Zafar, wanted in connection with the attack on financial capital of India that killed 164 people, had allegedly provided funds for the terrorist operation.
Zafar, a resident of Gujranwala, was identified by Pakistani investigators as one of the Lashkar-e-Toiba financiers.
Pakistan’s Geo News reported that an anti-terrorism court granted eight-day physical remand of the suspect, citing sources.
Sources further said that a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team, headed by Director Mazhar Kakakhel, was interrogating the suspect.
Earlier today, Rajnath Singh addressed the seventh SAARC Interior/Home Ministers conference in Islamabad and said, “Mere strong condemnation of terrorism and terrorists is not enough. There should be strongest action not only against terrorists or organisations but also against those individuals, organisations and nations who support terrorism.”
Singh also asked the Pakistan government to stop playing the card of ‘good terrorists’ and ‘bad terrorists’.
Referring to Pakistani government’s declaration of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani as a ‘martyr’, he said, “There should be no glorification or eulogising of terrorists as martyrs.”
The July 8 killing of Wani was followed by provocative statements from the Pakistani government on the current situation in the Valley. The Pakistani premier had even declared Wani, a wanted militant of banned Hizbul Mujahideen group, a ‘hero’ and even observed a ‘black day’ in solidarity with him.