New Delhi, India – The Indian government has turned up the pressure on Pakistan to hand over Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the devastating 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
In an official extradition request, India called for Pakistan to transfer custody of Saeed, the head of the banned militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba. Saeed is currently serving a prison sentence in Pakistan for terror financing charges.
But India accuses him of being behind far more sinister plots, including the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people as gunmen rampaged across the city. He has also been linked to numerous terrorist strikes in Jammu and Kashmir over the years.
Despite convictions in Pakistani courts, skepticism persists over whether Saeed is truly being held accountable. His son plans to run in upcoming parliamentary elections there, and his extremist party remains active.
For India, the demand reflects a broader push to hold Saeed answerable for the lives lost in Mumbai and beyond. With pressure mounting, Pakistan faces a dilemma – continue providing safe haven to an internationally sanctioned terrorist, or demonstrate a willingness to change course by cooperating with Indian authorities.
The spotlight now shines brightly on Pakistan’s next move. Will they downplay India’s call and risk further criticism? Or could Saeed finally face justice for atrocities committed on Indian soil? For the victims of his vicious attacks, India’s extradition request represents a glimmer of long-awaited hope.