India counters Pakistan, says enough info against Hafiz SaeedNovember 11th, 2011 - 12:57 am ICT by IANS
Addu (Maldives), Nov 10 (IANS) India Thursday rejected Pakistan’s contention about the release of Hafiz Saeed, the suspected mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai mayhem, saying it has provided enough information about his anti-India activities for Islamabad to take action against him.
“We have provided enough dossiers (on Saeed) and leads which should be enough for the Pakistani authorities to take action against him,” Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai told reporters here.
He was responding to a question on Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s assertion that there was not enough evidence against Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group that later morphed into the Jamaat-ud-Dawa charity, to take action against him.
Mathai cited Rehman’s statement that Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving 26/11 terrorist, should be hanged as India had provided enough evidence against the plotters and perpetrators of the 26/11 attack.
Mathai added that issues relating to justice for the 26/11 victims and action against Saeed will figure in the discussions between the home secretaries of the two countries, likely in the third week of December.
Earlier in the day, Malik had cited the legal intricacies of Pakistan’s judicial system that prevented Islamabad from taking action against Saeed.
“He was bailed out by the highest court of Pakistan and the government can’t do anything about it,” Malik told reporters here.
“A list of banned organisations was issued before Eid and there was no credible evidence that the Jamat-ud-Dawa was working otherwise,” he added.
“India should give us more evidence,” he said.
India has brought to Pakistan’s notice many a time, including in Thursday’s talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani, about the anti-India activities of Saeed and his inflammatory rhetoric, but Pakistan has been prone to take recourse to legal technicalities that have gone in Saeed’s favour.
However, Malik said Kasab deserved to be sent to the gallows, vindicating India’s position.
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