New Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) Hectic activity, apparently over drafting of a resolution on the release of 26/11 Mumbai attack accused Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, was witnessed in Lok Sabha today after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj joined the House to condemn it.
Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge, having talks with his party colleagues Shashi Tharoor and K C Venugopal and Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai sitting by his side in the opposition bench, drew the attention of Modi and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on the other side.
Following this, Thambidurai went over to Naidu and also spoke to Modi on the way, as the House continued with Zero Hour. Soon after, Naidu signalled Tharoor to come over. When Tharoor went to the Treasury benches, Modi stopped him and spoke to him.
The Congress leader then sat alongside the External Affairs Minister in the front row of the Treasury benches, with senior BJP leader L K Advani and Thambidurai on one side and the Prime Minister on the other.
They were seen discussing and writing something on a piece of paper, apparently the draft of the resolution.
The entire process took less than half an hour, and when it seemed they had reached a finality, Tharoor again had a chat with the Prime Minister before returning to his seat in the Opposition benches. Thereafter, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan read out the resolution which asked the government to take all steps in its power, including through its relations with foreign countries, to put pressure on Pakistan to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion.
Outrage over bail to Lakhvi resonated in Lok Sabha today as members across parties condemned it, saying it showed Pakistan’s double-face on terrorism and urged the government to strongly take up the matter with the neighbour.
Raising the issue, Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge said the whole country was concerned and government must make its stand clear.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Did he want him to take steps together to tackle terrorism? We want to know his stand. If such accused (Lakhvi) are released one after another, it will do no good, he said.
Kharge said it was sad that Lakhvi was granted bail a day after Parliament passed a resolution, expressing outrage over the massacre of children by terrorists in Peshawar.
Kirit Somaiya (BJP) said Pakistan released the accused instead of handing him over to India and the government should pressurise it to have Lakhvi punished in an Indian court.
Kalyan Banerjee (TMC) said entire finding of the Pakistani court was totally perverse while Mohammed Salim (CPI-M) said the development cannot be tolerated.
Rajesh Ranjan (RJD) and Kaushalendra Kumar (JD-U) said the bail to Lakhvi shows Pakistan’s double-face on terrorism.
Asaduddin Owaisi (AIMIM) said he wondered what kind of court is there in Pakistan and what kind of jail it has as Lakhvi had become a father while remaining behind bars.
Srinivasa Rao (TDP), N K Premachandran (RSP), E T Mohammed Basheer (IUML), K Kavita (TRS), Arvind Sawant (Shiv Sena), Rakesh Singh (BJP), Chirag Paswan (LJP), Bhagwant Mann (AAP) and K Ramachandran (AIADMK) also spoke.
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