"Hafiz Saeed is a Pakistani national so he is free to roam around. So what is the problem...he is a free citizen so there is no issue as far as Pakistan is concerned," Basit said when asked why Saeed was working alongside Pakistan army very close to Line of Control.
"Courts have already exonerated him. There is no case pending against him," he told reporters after an event in the national capital.
India has maintained that Saeed is the mastermind behind Mumbai terror attack in 2008, conspiracy for which was hatched, planned and executed out of Pakistan.

166 people were killed in the terror strike. New Delhi has also protested the delay in the on-going trial of the case in Pakistan.
Recently, Saeed, known for his anti-India tirade and designated as a terrorist by US, has also accused India of indulging in "water-terrorism".
"On one hand, the Indian government has discharged water in rivers without notification and has given false information, and on the other is ironically offering help," Saeed said at a press conference in reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's offer to help Pakistan in the flood crisis.

On questions that Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation, a wing of Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawah, is working in close tandem with Pakistani Army, Basit said, "We all know that on both sides of the Line of Control, there have been devastating floods, killing many, many people on both the sides of LoC”.
"I think in India and Pakistan, all welfare organisations are working hand in hand with the government, so we should look at this positively rather than critically," he added.

So far, Narendra Modi government at the Centre has made it clear to the Pakistani government of its intentions to have good ties with its neighbor and indulge in dialogue to settle differences but not until the noise of guns and bullets is silenced at the border, which has seen repeated ceasefire violations from the Pakistani army of late.

In fact, maintaining that India wants good relations with Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday had said that resumption of stalled talks with Islamabad was possible if there was an improvement in the situation.

Singh had also claimed that India was prepared to tackle any "challenge" from across the border.

"Definitely if Pakistan responds properly, talks can be resumed. Neighbours are neighbours. One can change friends but not neighbours. We want good relations with all our neighbours," Rajnath had said.

"India is committed to having good relations with Pakistan. But if any challenge comes, our soldiers are capable of tackling it," Singh added.

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