New Delhi: After the Indian government on Thursday accused Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed for having visited the border areas in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) a few days before the killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops, Saeed tweeted on Friday claiming India is lying.
Home Minister Sushil kumar Shinde on Thursday said the information about the movement of Saeed in PoK was received by intelligence agencies about four to five days back and the government was trying to get details of his visit. "It has been our information that in PoK area, Hafiz Saeed had entered and talked to some people," he told a press conference in New Delhi.
Calling the allegations, revealed by Shinde, 'blatant lies', Saeed said that India was trying to deflect blame on to Pakistan so as to draw attention away from its own internal problems, and even claimed that India was behind deadly bomb blasts in Quetta on Thursday that killed over 100 people. On Friday, Saeed tweeted: "I will accept every Indian allegation if they prove my alleged visit at the #LOC - It is nothing but a blatant lie."
The government on Thursday said Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed had visited the border areas in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) a few days before the killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops.
Asked whether militants were involved in carrying out the raid on Indian Army soldiers, Shinde said, "I do not have that information. But we are very keen to get such information. We are on the line".
The Home Minister ruled out putting the new India- Pakistan relaxed visa regime on hold, saying the government was not considering that option despite tension along the Indo-Pak border.
"Whatever agreement has been entered into, it will be carried on. There is no rethinking on visa agreement," he said.
Asked when a judicial commission from Pakistan would visit India for cross examination of four persons in connection with the 26/11 Mumbai attack trial, Mr Shinde said no date has been fixed yet but the government wants that the process should be completed soon.
"It (proposed visit of the panel) is a very positive step. The way they would be coming, we would also go...We want this case to be concluded as early as possible," he said.