Foreign secretary Shivshankar Menon conveyed India’s “disappointment” over the release of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed to Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik on Wednesday.
“We conveyed our disappointment at the release of Hafiz Saeed,” Menon said.
Saeed, an accused in the Mumbai attacks case, was released following Lahore High Court’s order.
Sources said the Indian side made it clear that such actions by Pakistan raised questions about its sincerity in investigations of the Mumbai attacks.
Meanwhile, sources said India had approached the United Nations with names of four terrorists and organistations it wanted to be proscribed under the UNSC Resolution 1267, as being affiliates of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
“He (Malik) told us about the actions the government of Pakistan is taking,” Menon said. However, sources said Malik gave no commitment on whether they would challenge the Lahore High Court’s order releasing Saeed in the Supreme Court.
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said, “India will work through the diplomatic channels to pursue the objective of bringing about normalcy in our relationship with Pakistan."