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Release of Hafiz Saeed by Pakistan 'atrocious': Chidambaram

PTI  New Delhi, September 06, 2009
First Published: 15:40 IST(6/9/2009) | Last Updated: 15:48 IST(6/9/2009)

On the eve of his visit to the US, Home Minister P Chidamabaram has termed as "atrocious" Pakistan's decision to let off Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed in the Mumbai terror attacks case and said there is "enough and more" evidence to continue the probe against him.

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He also said that India has never ruled out the involvement of state actors in Pakistan in the 26/11 carnage despite Islamabad's contention to the contrary.

"There is enough and more evidence to continue the investigation against Hafiz Saeed. On the face of this evidence, to let him off, I think, is atrocious," he told NDTV.

Asked if he will raise with Washington the need to weigh upon Islamabad that it has to act against Saeed, Chidamabaram said, "If there is an opportunity, I will take them through the sixth dossier. It has already been shared with many countries--16 including the US.

"So they know what we have but if there is an opportunity, I will certainly walk them through the dossier to point out that there is enough evidence (against him)," the Home Minister, who will be paying a four-day visit to the US beginning Tuesday, said.

To a question that Saeed was accompanied by one "Major General Saab' during a meeting with Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab and other Mumbai terror attack accused at a training camp and possible links of the Pakistan army, he said, "Well that can only be revealed by investigation."


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