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India will closely monitor the Saeed case: Krishna

Source: PTI
July 06, 2009 20:50 IST
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India on Monday termed as "internal matter" the Pakistan Supreme Court rejecting petitions challenging the release of Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed, a key accused in the Mumbai terror attack, but said it will closely monitor the case.

"I think that is an internal matter of Pakistan and specially when courts are involved, normally we do not comment on those developments. But we are closely monitoring the events in Pakistan," External Affairs Minister S M Krishna told mediapersons in New Delhi.

Earlier in the day, the Pakistan Supreme Court rejected on technical grounds the petitions filed by the federal and Punjab governments challenging the release of Saeed from house arrest, after which authorities there announced will file fresh pleas removing the flaws.

Asked whether India was satisfied that Pakistan government has appealed against Saeed's release, Krishna only said terror should not be fought on selective basis.

"All that India would be interested in is-- we would like to have friendly relationship with Pakistan but the only obstacle for that is the attack on Mumbai... you cannot fight terror on selective basis. Terror has to be fought across the board and I think that is India's stand," he said.

Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said the situation is very unclear on Hafiz's case in terms of whether or not his release has been challenged by the Pakistan government.

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