FILE: 26/11 attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi (Press Trust of India)
India has strongly protested against the Lahore High Court's decision to release 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi from prison. As the dangerous terrorist walks a free man in Pakistan, following are some significant reactions on the issue:
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"Our High Commissioner has registered our strong concerns with the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan at the release of a principal accused in the Mumbai terrorist attack of 2008. He underlined that this has reinforced the perception that Pakistan has a dual policy on dealing with terrorists and those who have carried out attacks or are posing a threat to India are being dealt with differently and emphasized that this is a most negative development in so far as bilateral ties are concerned."
Ministry of External Affairs
"This is a serious setback, it's deeply disappointing"
Home Minister Rajnath Singh
"Lakhvi has been released and he is out of the jail now. I don't know where he will go now."
Malik Nasir Abbas, Lakhvi's lawyer
"The development proves that Pakistan's claim of non-state actors is not true. The Government of India should take a serious note of this."
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
"It is an excellent opportunity for India to raise this issue by embarrassing Pakistan at every fora. Sulking quietly does not help... The first thing is to heap international calumny and embarrassment on Pakistan."
Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Congress
"Threat perception against India rises with Rehman Lakhvi's release. PM Modi's flip-flops on foreign policy with Pakistan costing us dear"
Sanjay Jha, Congress spokesperson