Lok Sabha adjourned over release of Hafiz Saeed


New Delhi : The Lok Sabha was adjourned Tuesday following loud protests by Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs over the Pakistan Supreme Court’s adjournment decision that effectively sets free Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai carnage.

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On Monday, Pakistan’s Supreme Court indefinitely adjourned the hearing of petitions challenging the release of the Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD) chief, who India claims is the mastermind of last year’s terror attack in Mumbai.

Raising the issue during zero hour, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said “we had trusted Pakistan, but the country has betrayed India”.

Mulayam Singh Yadav demanded a one-hour discussion in the house as well as a statement from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the matter.

He said India had the opportunity to corner Pakistan, already isolated in the international community, but the country had lost this opportunity and now Pakistan had changed its stand.

Backing him, BJP leader and former external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha said despite India having given a dossier to Pakistan with full evidence about Saeed’s involvement, Pakistan had released him because of his links with the country’s intelligence agency.

“He is the mastermind, but Pakistan is finding one way or the other to let him off because he has links with ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence),” Sinha said.

The moment Sinha said this, BJP members started shouting “shame… shame”.

Despite repeated efforts of Speaker Meira Kumar to control the situation, the protesting MPs kept shouting slogans. Finally, the house was adjourned.