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Hafiz Saeed is the buzz ahead of visit

delhi Updated: Apr 08, 2012 00:18 IST
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The issue of Islamabad dithering on clamping down on Hafiz Saeed - the man behind the 26/11 Mumbai attacks - became the talking point on the eve of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's one-day 'personal visit' to India.

While there's a growing chorus in India that Pakistan should be pressured to act against the Lashkar-e-Taiba founder, Zardari said Saturday he didn't expect the issue to be the focus of his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"My visit is of a religious nature and I don't think Manmohan Singh will make me sit (and discuss only) this issue," Zardari said in Lahore, adding that his position on this subject was "no different from his government's".

Pakistan insists India hasn't given enough proof against Saeed, while New Delhi says it has.

Zardari's visit comes on the heels of the US announcing a bounty of $10 million on Saeed.

"All bilateral issues are likely to be discussed," external affairs minister SM Krishna said Friday.

He said the dossier provided to Pakistan by home minister P Chidambaram had sufficient evidence against Saeed .

Union minister Farooq Abdullah said the PM would convey India's concern on terrorism and the need to book the perpetrators of the 26/11 attacks, including Saeed.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said the issue of cross-border infiltration should also be discussed.