US asks Pakistan to prosecute 26/11 mastermind

New Delhi: The US has welcomed the conviction of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi on charges of terror financing but called on Pakistan to prosecute him for his role in masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court convicted and sentenced Lakhvi, though India dismissed the development as a “farcical” action made with an eye on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

“We are encouraged by the recent conviction of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. However, his crimes go far beyond financing terrorism,” the US state department’s bureau of South and Central Asian affairs said on Twitter.

“Pakistan should further hold him accountable for his involvement in terrorist attacks, including the Mumbai attacks,” it added.

Lakhvi was arrested soon after the carnage in Mumbai in November 2008 on charges of planning, supporting and financing the attacks in India’s financial hub that killed 166 people, including six American nationals.

The Pakistani anti-terrorism court found Lakhvi guilty under three sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act for running a dispensary to raise funds for terror financing.

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