Britain on Tuesday did not deny reports that it and the US had asked Pakistan to hand over the 2008 Mumbai massacre mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi to India or to the United States and Britain for trial, and added that the matter was for courts in Pakistan to decide.
Reports from Islamabad suggested that during Lakhvi’s ongoing court hearing, the prosecution had mentioned that two countries had demanded handing over Lakhvi to India. The countries were not named in court, but were identified in reports as Britain and US.
A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) told ‘Hindustan Times’: ‘This is a matter for the Pakistani courts, but it is important that those responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks are brought to justice.’
According to Indian sources, cooperation between India and Britain has increased in recent years, particularly since the Mumbai attacks.
The cooperation includes lessons and training scenarios for British security officials to prepare a possible Mumbai-style attack in Britain.
Lakhvi was arrested in December 2008 in Pakistan and was indicted along with the other accused on November 25, 2009. He will remain in jail under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) till February 18 after the government extended his detention for another month.