Washington, 24 October: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif faced uncomfortable questions from US President Barack Obama who did some plain speaking by asking him as to why the trial of those involved in the 2008 Mumbai attack had not yet begun besides raising the issue of cross-border terrorism, particularly the activities of terror outfit JuD led by Hafiz Saeed.
Mr Sharif met Mr Obama for over two hours at the White House yesterday but he appears to have made no headway on his objective of stopping US drone attacks and US intervention on Kashmir. “He (Obama) asked, why the trial of the (Mumbai) terrorist attack in India has not started yet,” Mr Sharif himself disclosed this to reporters immediately after holding talks with Mr Obama.Reflecting India’s concern over the slow pace of progress in the 26/11 case in Pakistan, Mr Obama posed questions to Mr Sharif over the delay of the trial that has already been hampered by a number of roadblocks.
Saeed, accused by India of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that killed 166 people, including six Americans, is the chief of JuD. pti