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India not impressed by Azhar's detention, wants handover

India is not impressed by detention of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar and LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhwi by Pak, saying it was "nothing" as compared to what has been demanded by it. Coverage

india Updated: Dec 09, 2008 19:39 IST

India on Tuesday was not impressed by detention of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar and Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhwi by Pakistan, saying it was "nothing" as compared to what has been demanded by it.

Looking for "concrete" action by Pakistan in terms of closing down the terror camps and handover of 20 terrorists, India will be watching what further steps Islamabad will be taking.

"It is nothing," sources in the Government said when asked to comment on the detention of Azhar and Lakhwi along with some LeT commanders under US pressure.

They underlined that India wants Azhar, Lakhwi and 19 other faces of terror to be handed over, for which a demarche has already been issued to Pakistan.

Pakistan has ruled out handing over any of them.

The Government sources in New Delhi pointed out that Azhar was detained by Pakistan at least twice in the past, without taking any concrete action to stop his or his group's activities.

Azhar, who had formed Jaish-e-Mohammad soon after his release by India in exchange for the hostages of hijacked Indian Airlines plane in 1999, was detained soon after the attack on Parliament in 2001.
He was, however, released after a few months when a review board of Lahore High Court examined his case.

He was detained again in 2003 after a suicide attack on then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf but the restrictions did not last long.