India asks Pakistan to act against Hafiz Saeed, LeT (Lead)

August 3rd, 2011 - 7:41 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) A week after talks with Pakistan, India Wednesday said it wanted to have “constructive relations” with its neighbour, but Islamabad must ensure “an environment free from terror” and take “credible” action against 26/11 terrorists and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed.

In a statement to the Lok Sabha on talks with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar last week, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna sought to dispel the impression that during the talks India had gone soft on 26/11 terror trial in Pakistan.

Krishna stressed that he had asked Pakistan “to investigate the linkages with some elements in the Pakistani security agencies that had emerged from the evidence presented in the Tahawwur Rana trial in the United States”.

“I called for credible and effective action against jihadi leaders such as Hafiz Saeed and terrorist groups such as Jamaat-ud-Daawa and Lashkar-e-Taiba, who continue to incite violence and hatred against India,” said Krishna.

Krishna told parliament that during his talks with Khar, he “underscored the importance that we attach to the fulfillment of commitments made by Pakistan during the home/interior secretary level talks in March 2011 on the trial and investigation, under way in Pakistan in the Mumbai terrorist attacks case”.

“I requested Pakistan to act on the assurance given to our home minister by Pakistan interior minister in June 2010 on the dossiers regarding seven specific individuals and the need to provide voice samples,” he added.

Krishna was responding to criticism among some sections in India after last week’s talks that India did not press Pakistan sufficiently hard to push the trial of terrorists linked to the Nov 26-28 terror spree. Critics seized upon a para in the July 27 joint statement to buttress their point that India had gone soft on 26/11 trial which is seen by some as moving painfully slowly.

He told parliament that Pakistan’s foreign minister had requested India to “have patience, trust and confidence in the process” of the Mumbai terrorist attacks trial.

Underlining that the talks were held “in a candid, friendly and positive atmosphere”, Krishna said: “India wishes to have constructive relations with Pakistan to enable both countries to effectively address our common developmental priorities.”

“I reaffirmed India’s desire to work with Pakistan to reduce the trust deficit and move forward in a friendly manner. I conveyed that India desires a stable and prosperous Pakistan, acting as a bulwark against terrorism, and at peace with itself and with its neighbours,” he said.

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