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Difficult Word/ PhraseContextual Sense
Keep up Maintain a required pace or level
Extradition The surrender of an accused or convicted person by one state or country to another (usually under the provisions of a statute or treaty)
Mastermind a very clever person who has planned or organized something
Give up Stop trying or participating
Wanted One who is tried to be located
Reconnaissance The act of scouting or exploring
Deposition a pretrial interrogation of a witness; usually conducted in a lawyer’s office
Conspiracy A secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act
Blasphemous showing a lack of respect for God or religion
Mandated Assign authority to
Pursue Go in search of 
Convict find or declare guilty
Rectify Correct 
Concerted Involving the joint activity of two or more
Turn the spotlight on somethingto attract attention to something, usually to give information about something bad:
Predilection a strong liking or preference
Reprieve a temporary relief or escape, as from trouble 
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Keep up (Maintain a required pace or level) the pressure: On the conviction of a Mumbai attacks handler in Pakistan

India must seek the extradition (The surrender of an accused or convicted person by one state or country to another (usually under the provisions of a statute or treaty)) of Sajid Mir for his role in the Mumbai attacks

Reports in Pakistan’s newspapers, that a Pakistani court has convicted Sajid Majeed Mir, one of the men who planned the Mumbai 26/11 attacks, on terror financing charges, is welcome proof that the search for each of the masterminds (a very clever person who has planned or organized something) must never be given up (Stop trying or participating) on. In the case of Mir, Pakistan’s security agencies had gone so far as to falsely declare him “dead”. He was reportedly sentenced to more than 15 years in jail and is serving his term in a Lahore jail. Mir, the LeT’s former deputy chief of “international operations”, has been wanted (One who is tried to be located) for his role in recruitment for the 26/11 attacks, being the handler for David Headley, who carried out the reconnaissance (The act of scouting or exploring) for the LeT during several visits to India, and for being in the Karachi “control room” during the Mumbai siege. Headley named Mir in his deposition (a pretrial interrogation of a witness; usually conducted in a lawyer’s office) to a U.S. court, after he was given a “plea bargain” by the U.S. government, as well as in depositions via video link for the 26/11 trial in India. Mir is also wanted for LeT conspiracies (A secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act) to attack a Danish newspaper accused of publishing blasphemous (showing a lack of respect for God or religion) cartoons and bomb a nuclear installation in Australia. He was also convicted by a French court for recruiting LeT operatives, and is believed to have also recruited terror-volunteers in the “Virginia Paintball Jihad” case in the U.S. The timing of Mir’s conviction appears to be linked to the final stages of Pakistan’s grey listing at the FATF this June, that voted to allow on-site visits in Pakistan with a view to de-listing it in the next few months. While Mir is not actually on the UN Security Council’s 1267 list of terror-designated individuals that the FATF is mandated (Assign authority to) to pursue (Go in search of), the West has frequently brought his name up at FATF proceedings in demanding that Pakistan successfully convict ((law) find or declare guilty) leaders of terrorist groups.

If Mir is in fact behind bars, New Delhi must move quickly to demand his extradition to stand for trial in India. Admittedly, this is a virtually impossible task, given the poor state of bilateral ties. New Delhi must also rectify (correct) the error in not pursuing Mir’s addition to the UNSC list thus far, and launch a concerted (Involving the joint activity of two or more) international effort for Mir to be prosecuted for the number of terror attacks he has been involved in — not just for terror financing. As with Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi and other LeT members, it is necessary to keep the spotlight on (Turn the spotlight on something means to attract attention to something, usually to give information about something bad) Mir, given the predilection (a strong liking or preference) of Pakistan’s legal authorities for reversing convictions and reducing the sentencing of terrorists once the heat from international agencies reduces. This will be particularly important, especially as Pakistan is expected to receive a full reprieve (a temporary relief or escape, as from trouble) at the FATF in October, and it must be made clear that the Government will continue to pursue the legal process against each of the men behind the Mumbai attacks, until they are brought to justice.

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