India has provided adequate 26/11 evidence to Pakistan: ChidambaramMay 25th, 2009 - 9:16 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) India has provided adequate evidence to Pakistan on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and it is now for Islamabad to take concrete action on this, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said Monday.
“It is my view, both as the home minister and as a lawyer, that the material we provided is more than adequate,” he told reporters here as he began his second innings in the North Block headquarters of the home ministry.
“Any prosecution agency should be more than satisfied with the three dossiers India has provided. In the first, we have given concrete evidence, in the second, we answered their 30 questions and in the third, given all the clarifications.
“This is abundant material to prosecute those who masterminded and perpetrated the dastardly action on Mumbai,” Chidambaram maintained.
India has repeatedly said it had provided adequate information to Pakistan about the Mumbai attacks, including the DNA samples of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone gunman captured during the Nov 26-29, 2008 mayhem that claimed the lives of over 170 people, including 26 foreigners.
On his part, Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik has admitted that part of the Mumbai conspiracy was planned in this country.
Last month, a Pakistani claiming to be an operative of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group that India says staged the Mumbai attacks had “confessed” to his role in the mayhem, saying four other leaders of the group were also involved.
Shahid Jamil Riaz had confessed that he and four others had provided transportation facilities, accommodation, Internet and other facilities to the terrorists who had attacked Mumbai.
The four men Riaz has named are LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, its communications specialist Zarar Shah, Hamad Ameen Sadiq and Hamza alias Abu Alqa.
All four are in custody.
They had been picked up in a crackdown by Pakistani security forces in December 2008 after the UN, acting on US and Indian pressure, proscribed the Jamaat-ud Daawa that the LeT had morphed into after being banned in the wake of the Dec 13, 2001 attack on the Indian parliament that New Delhi blamed on the terror group.
Earlier this month, the Lahore High Court extended by 60 days the house arrest of LeT chief Hafeez Saeed, who had also been arrested in the December 2008 crackdown.
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