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Question Saeed on on 26/11, Chidambaram tells Pakistan
New Delhi, September 21, 2009
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today said Pakistani authorities must interrogate Jamaat-ud-Daawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and probe his role in the November 26, 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai.
Asked for his reaction to reports from Pakistan which said that Saeed had been placed under house arrest in Lahore, Mr Chidambaram said that the JuD should now be questioned about the 26/11 attack.
"He has been charged under two FIR's unrelated to the 26/11. But if that is a face saving technique, I have no objection. My demand is that now that he has been arrested he should be interrogated on the 26/11 incidents. His role in the 26/11 attacks must be investigated," he said.
"The evidence is in Pakistani soil. When Pakistan says give us evidence, the evidence is not on Indian soil, all the evidence against Hafiz Saeed is on Pakistani soil," he said.
"Therefore, one must investigate in Pakistan and find the evidence in Pakistan," he said.
Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik had said in Islamabad on Saturday that it did not have enough evidence to implicate Saeed in the 26/11 attack or arrest him. He also rejected the sixth dossier sent by India, saying it did not provide enough evidence to get Saeed convicted in a court of law. He urged India to provide more evidence in the case.
Last week, the Pakistani authorities had filed two FIRs against Saeed in matters unrelated to the 26/11 attack.
In the early hours today, the authorities tightened security around his residence in Lahore's Johar town area and placed restrictions on his movement. Among other things, he was not allowed to lead Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at a nearby ground because of "security concerns.