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'Shouldn't Live in the Past, But Learn From it': Imran Khan on Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim

On being questioned why 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed continues to roam free in the country, Imran said there is already a clampdown on him.

Maha Siddiqui | CNN-News18

Updated:November 29, 2018, 8:41 PM IST

New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday once again urged India to move forward on the peace dialogue between the two countries and "not live in the past".

Speaking on the Kartarpur grounb-breaking ceremony, Imran Khan said it should not be confused with with a desperation for peace. "There is a consensus in the country that the only way forward is peace," Imran told CNN-News18.

On being questioned why 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed continues to roam free in the country, Imran told CNN-News18: "There is a UN sanction on Hafiz Saeed under 1267. There is already a clampdown. The matter is sub judice. But I have inherited this. It is in our interest that our soil should not be used for terror."

The JuD was declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US in June 2014. The group is a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit.

The JuD was declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US in June 2014.

On the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, India hit out at Pakistan for allowing those responsible for the strike that left 166 people dead to roam free. Pakistan must expeditiously bring perpetrators of horrific attack to justice, the Centre said.

“The planners of 26/11 still roam streets of Pakistan with impunity. The 26/11 terrorist attack was planned, executed and launched from Pakistan territory. We once again call on the government of Pakistan to give up double standards and expeditiously bring perpetrators of horrific attack to justice,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

On the question of India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, Imran said, “Things always get stuck in the past. We should not live in the past but learn from it.”

Dawood Ibrahim is wanted in India for orchestrating the 1993 blasts in which 12 bombs went off at different locations across Mumbai, killing 257 and leaving over 700 injured.

Listed as a global terrorist by a committee of the UN Security Council, Dawood Ibrahim continues to evade arrest and stay in Pakistan.

At the Kartarpur corridor ground-breaking ceremony on Wednesday, Imran said the only issue between the two nations is Kashmir. He again called for talks. "Let us talk. I am ready for talks on any issue. There can't be a military solution for Kashmir."

Earlier this week, Pakistan said they will invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the SAARC summit, however, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had declared that India will not attend the summit, emphasising that Kartarpur corridor initiative was not linked to the dialogue process with Pakistan.

India had pulled out of the 19th SAARC summit that was to be held in Islamabad after the deadly terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in September that year.

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| Edited by: Ashutosh Tripathi
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