This refers to the release of Hafiz Saeed, the leader of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a front organisation of the Lashkar-e-Taiba — accused of carrying out the Mumbai terror attack — by the Lahore High Court on technical grounds. That the move came despite strong evidence of the LeT’s involvement, further substantiated by the testimony of Ajmal Amir ‘Kasab,’ shows Pakistan’s lack of seriousness in fighting terrorism. At least, the lone terrorist caught alive should be punished for the heinous crime.
Islamabad is hardly serious about combating terror on its soil. By continuing to hope that Pakistan will help India in its efforts to bring the perpetrators of 26/11 to book, New Delhi is fooling itself.
As a layman, I am perplexed by the call to act “firmly” against terrorism. What does the word “firm” imply? Selective air strikes against the terrorist camps in PoK and Bangladesh? Severing all diplomatic relations with the neighbouring countries suspected to be clandestinely supporting terror activities? Public hanging, without delay, of the terrorist caught in the gruesome act of killing innocent Indian citizens? Re-introduction of POTA-like laws?