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PC to raise Hafiz Saeed issue during Pak visit

Amid India`s disappointment, Chidambaram is expected to raise the issue of LeT founder Hafiz Saeed being let off by Pakistani Supreme Court when he meets his counterpart Rehman Malik during his visit to Islamabad next month.



New Delhi: Amid India`s disappointment, Home
Minister P Chidambaram is expected to raise the issue of LeT
founder Hafiz Saeed being let off by Pakistani Supreme Court
when he meets his counterpart Rehman Malik during his visit to
Islamabad next month.

Chidambaram is expected to have a bilateral meeting with
Malik on the sidelines of SAARC Interior Ministers` conference
scheduled on June 26.

During the meeting, Chidambaram is likely to discuss the
status of investigations and trial in the Mumbai attack case
in Pakistan, sources said.

In this connection, the Home Minister is expected to
press for action against Saeed, whom India considers as the
"mastermind" of Mumbai attack but has been let off by the
Supreme Court for want of adequate evidence.

India believes that Saeed could go scotfree because
Pakistan is not appropriately pushing evidence against him.

While Pakistan claims it does not have enough evidence
against him, India has been maintaining that it has given a
lot of material showing Saeed`s involvement in Mumbai and
several other terror incidents but it was not being used.

Chidambaram is also expected to press for dismantling of
terror infrastructure in Pakistan and end to cross-border
movement of terrorists.

India, however, is not pinning much hopes on the outcome
of the meeting.

"Considering some recent developments, we have no great
expectation from Pakistan of taking any action from any of the
issues we have been raising," an official said.

Islamabad is also not taking any action against
PoK-based terrorist groups and allowing them to engage in
anti-India activities freely.

Sources said if Pakistan brings up issues like alleged
human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir, release all
political prisoners and repeal of the Armed Forces (Special
Powers Act) in Jammu and Kashmir, it will only add to India`s
frustation rather than rebuilding trust between the
neighbours.

PTI

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