Pak deliberately stifling 26/11 probe: Chidambaram



Pak deliberately stifling 26/11 probe: Chidambaram Bangalore/New Delhi: Slamming Pakistan, India on Saturday accused it of "deliberately stifling" probe into Mumbai terror attack and ruled out resumption of dialogue till New Delhi is satisfied that serious action is being taken against perpetrators of 26/11.

Blaming Pakistan for suspension of the dialogue, India said it should demonstrate to New Delhi and the world its seriousness about acting against the perpetrators of 26/11 which is a "condition" for resumption of talks.

Home Minister P Chidambaram also put Pakistan in a spot over Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed by citing details about his involvement in the Mumbai attacks, information regarding which has already been given to Islamabad.

In this regard, he gave information about Saeed's various meetings with the 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai and how he supervised their training.

"...We are thoroughly, totally dissatisfied with the Pakistani response," Chidambaram told Al Jazeera TV, adding Islamabad is not arresting or prosecuting those involved in the attacks despite their names being provided.

Asked whether he believed that Pakistan is "deliberately holding up" the investigation, he said "Yes. Regrettably that is the answer but yes."

Queried if he meant to say that Pakistan government was "deliberately stifling" the investigation into the Mumbai attacks, the Home Minister responded by saying "Yes".

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said in Bangalore that "If Pakistan were to be serious about taking the logical steps to punish those responsible for the attack on India or Mumbai, this is an instance that they can show to the world and India that they are serious," he said.

On resumption of talks, he said "I think Pakistan has to blame itself for the suspension of the composite dialogue and again it has to be Pakistan's initiative now to satisfy India's requirement for the resumption of composite dialogue."

Citing legal experts, he said the six dossiers which we have provided to Pakistan contain enough evidence against the conspirators, abettors and perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks to get them punished in a court of law."

Questioning Pakistan's sincerity and seriousness to pursue the probe and prosecution into Mumbai attacks case, Chidambaram said "Where is the trial? Where is the chargesheet? When is a trial starting? When is the first witness being examined?"

He was asked about the dossiers of information given to Pakistan which India says contains "cogent and convincing" evidence linking Saeed, who also heads Lashkar-e-Taiba, to the Mumbai attacks.

"The evidence that we have presented tells any investigator, any prosecutor what Hafiz Saeed did, where he was, whom he met, what he told them, what his role was. If that is not evidence to continue investigation against Hafeez Sayeed what else is evidence," said Chidambaram while pointing out that he himself was a "trained lawyer" who should know such aspects.

Bureau Report