Rahul Gandhi slams Narendra Modi's 'hugplomacy', Pakistan justifies Hafiz Saeed release

Updated: Nov 26, 2017, 09:48 IST | Agencies | New Delhi

Cong V-P mocks Modi saying hugs to US Prez Trump didn't help Indo-Pak situation; a day before Mumbai terror attack's 9th anniversary, Pak invokes UNSC sanctions to justify freeing JuD chief

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took a dig at PM Modi on Saturday and termed the latter's relationship with US President Donald Tru­mp as failed "hugplomacy". "Narendrabhai, baat nahi bani (this is not done). Terror mastermind is free. President Trump just delinked Pak military funding from LeT. Hugplomacy fail. More hugs ur­g­e­ntly needed (sic)," he twee­ted on Saturday morning.

JuD chief Hafiz Saeed meets his supporters in Lahore. pic/AFP
JuD chief Hafiz Saeed meets his supporters in Lahore. Pic/AFP

On Friday, Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief and LeT founder, Hafiz Saeed was freed by Pakistan. Saeed, in his late 60s, was under house arrest for 297 days. A day before India marks the ninth anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Pakistan justified the release of the attack's mastermind claiming that Islamabad was committed to the implementation of UNSC sanctions regi­me on terrorists.

Responding to comme­nts made by India's Ministry of External Affairs that Saeed's release confirmed once again the lack of seriousness by the Pakistan government in bringing to justice perpetrators of terrorism, Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Mohammad Faisal on Saturday said, "The Indian MEA spok­es­person took exception to self-serving insinuations. Legal processes were anchored in rule of law, not dictates of politics and posturing. Pakistan condemns and opposes all forms of terrorism. It is in the interest of all states to speak and act in a manner that is consistent with the imperatives of adhering to rule of law at the national and international levels."

Off-duty Army jawan killed by militants in J&K

Srinagar: A 23-year-old Territorial Army jawan was abducted and killed by mili­tants in Shopian district while he was on leave, officials said on Saturday. "Sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar's bullet-riddled body was recovered from an orchard in Watmullah Keegam area of Shop­ian.

While on leave (till November 26), he was possibly abducted and killed by terrorists," Srinagar-based defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said. J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti as well as former CM Omar Abdullah condemned Dar's killing.

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