Massod not under house arrest: Pakistani envoyDecember 18th, 2008 - 1:20 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Jaish-e-Mohmmad chief Maulana Masood Azhar, wanted by India in the 2001 parliament attack case, was not under house arrest, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik has said.”We are looking for him. He is not under house arrest. As far as I know, it (news report of Azhar’s house arrest) is wrong. He is not in Pakistan…We don’t know where he is,” the Pakistani envoy told Karan Thapar in the India Tonight programme of CNBC-TV18 Wednesday night.
Malik was asked why Pakistan cannot hand over Azhar, who was released from an Indian prison and handed over by India to terrorists in exchange for passengers of a hijacked Indian Airlines plane in 1999.
Malik’s statement contradicted Pakistani Defence Minister Chaudhary Mukhtar Ahmad’s remarks in an interview to a TV channel last week that Azhar was placed under house arrest but would not be handed over to India.
The Pakistani envoy also said that Dawood Ibrahim, the mob boss wanted by India for the 1993 Mumbai serial bombings, was not in Pakistan as claimed by New Delhi.
“The fact of the matter is that he is not in Pakistan,” the envoy said when asked whether Pakistan will extradite Dawood Ibrahim if India provides evidence of his presence in Pakistan.
Malik also asserted that Pakistan’s spy agency ISI has no links with Laskhar-e-Taiba, the militant group suspected to behind the Nov 26 Mumbai carnage.