Handover Maulana Masood to India: Advani tells Pak
3 October 2001
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Equating the car bomb attack on the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly with the September 11 terror strikes in US, Home Minister L.K. Advani on Wednesday asked Pakistan to handover Jaish-e-Mohammad Chief Maulana Masood Azar to India to stand trial if Islamabad was earnest in fighting terrorism. ''Pakistan has dissociated itself from the terrorist strike on the Assembly saying, ''We have nothing to do with JeM.'' But Pakistan government cannot deny that Maulana Azar Masood, the leader and founder of JeM, is in Pakistan. ''And if they (Pakistan) are really earnest in fighting terrorism, let them handover the JeM leader to India so that he is brought to justice,'' Advani said reading out from a statement to reporters. He also asked the United States to include JeM in its list of banned terrorist organisations. Masood was one of the key terrorists released by India in exchange for the safe return of the passengers of the Indian airlines plane hijacked Kathmadu to Kandhar in December 1999.