We won't treat Masood Azhar like Lakhvi: Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit to CNN-IBN

Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit in an interview with CNN-IBN aired on Thursday said that both Pakistan and India made mistakes after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and his country was keen to avoid those mistakes with the Pathankot terror attack investigation.

"If the Pakistani team gets proper evidence, I'm confident Masood Azhar will not meet same fate as Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi," he said in this exclusive interview.

He added, "Pakistan will probe the Pathankot attack after NIA completes the probe." The decision of the two countries to not discontinue talks after the Pathankot attack was a positive decision, he said. In fact, Basit also said that foreign secretary-level talks may happen in the first fortnight of February.

Basit confirmed that Azhar’s organisation, Jaish-e-Mohammed, which was allegedly behind the attack in Pathankot, was banned in Pakistan in 2002 and their activities were being curtailed even now. “No individual or terror organisation will be spared, I can assure you that,” he said.

Basit discussed the issue of Osama bin Laden finding refuge in Pakistan, stating, "it was as much a failure of the CIA as it was of ISI".


Updated Date: Jan 28, 2016 14:34 PM

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