Saudi Arabia has long maintained that Pakistan is its brother and India its friend. But friendship triumphed over kinship when Saudi Arabia agreed to hand over key 26/11 attack handler Zaibuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal to India.
For the last six months, Pakistan had been on a diplomatic overdrive with Saudi Arabia trying to get Jundal back to their soil, Indian officials familiar with the developments told HT. Jundal had a Pakistani passport. "They used all sorts of tactics, put constant pressure on Saudi Arabia to get him back," said a source.
They said Pakistan had also tried to assure the Saudi officials that they would "bringing him to justice" on the Mumbai attack case, citing promises made at the "highest levels" to India. "They thought Saudi authorities would give in based on the strength of their ties with Islamabad than on the conviction of their arguments."