In favour of action against Saeed, says US envoy

United States’ Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer on Friday met Home Minister P Chidambaram and reiterated that six suspects of Mumbai terror attacks should be punished.

Updated: Sep 18, 2009, 16:34 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: United States’ Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer on Friday met Home Minister P Chidambaram and reiterated that six suspects of Mumbai terror attacks should be punished.

Noticing that nothing significant has done by Pakistan to punish Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed for 26/11 attacks, Roemer today cleared that Islamabad should take substantial action against the JuD chief.

He further said that swift and lengthy punishment for six suspects of Mumbai attacks in Pakistan is important for the US and India.

Funding to banned Lashker-e-Toiba, formed by Saeed, should be stopped, the US envoy stressed.

"Going after Hafiz Saeed and dismantling terror infrastructure in that region is extremely important for both US and India," he said.

The statement by the US envoy came a day after Pakistani police registered two cases against Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the mastermind of 26/11 attacks, and one against his close aide Abu Jandal under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Notably, the FIRs were registered for inciting people to wage "jehad" (holy war) against "infidels”.

Saeed was placed under house arrest in December last year after the UN Security Council declared the JuD a terrorist organisation. He was freed on the orders of the Lahore High Court in June this year.

India has been insisting that Pakistan must take action against Saeed for his role in the Mumbai attacks but Islamabad has said the evidence provided by New Delhi against him is not adequate for arresting or prosecuting the JuD chief.

The US envoy`s comments came ahead of the meeting of Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan in New York on the margins of the UN General Assembly session.