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`Pak not acting against 26/11 conspirators`

Last Updated: Friday, September 11, 2009 - 12:09

Washington: Visiting Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and asked Washington to put pressure on Pakistan to conduct the trial of Mumbai terror attack conspirators, including Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed.
"I did brief her on the state of the trial of Ajmal Kasab (the lone captured 26/11 terrorist) in India. I also mentioned about no progress in Pakistan even in respect of the five-six people they have arrested. And that Hafiz Saeed remains a free man," Chidambaram told reporters after the meeting late on Thursday.

The two leaders met at the State Department.

"I think that is enough. I think the US understands the way India has approached the post 26/11 situation and how Pakistan has approached the situation. I think it is enough to draw attention to the difference and leave it there," he said.

He said he told Clinton that Saeed, believed by India to be the mastermind of the Mumbai carnage, is roaming free despite the evidence provided by New Delhi in six dossiers given to Islamabad.

He expressed Indian concern about increasing militant infiltration from Pakistan.

"The numbers (incursion attempts across the border) are now running to about 50-60 a month. A number of people that we apprehend are also very high so our assessment is that the level of infiltration has increased since the month of May 2009.

"Threat emanating from militants operating on Pakistani soil has not diminished. That is our official position. Since the threat level has not diminished. We continue to remain on guard and continue to be on vigil," he said.


First Published: Friday, September 11, 2009 - 12:09
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