Home minister P Chidambaram on Friday renewed attack on Islamabad for doing little to curb terrorist activities after 26/11 attacks, emphasising that New Delhi believes Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed was in the Karachi control room to direct the attacks.
File photo of Abu Jundal alias Abu Jabiuddin alias Abu Hamza, arrested by the Special Cell, in New Delhi. HT photo
Chidambaram said Jundal’s interrogation had confirmed the existence of the control room, which “couldn’t have been set up without some kind of state support.” “Yes, others were present and we think one of them was Hafiz Saeed,” the home minister said, pointing that Jundal's questioning was helping investigators piece together the entire 26/11 conspiracy.
The US has put a $10-million reward for evidence that can convict Saeed, who is accused of masterminding the attacks.
“He (Jundal) was a key operative… who briefed the 10 persons, including Kasab, and he had an important role in the control room,” the home minister said. He, however, added that a dossier on the basis of Jundal's arrest would be given to Pakistan only if it helps build pressure on Islamabad. But he conceded it hadn't helped Pakistan in the past.
Jundal alias Sayed Zabiuddin was deported from Saudi Arabia last week at the request of Indian security agencies. Responding to Pakistan interior minister Rehman Malik's barbs about Jundal's Indian nationality, Chidambaram said he admitted that Jundal was born and radicalised in India.
"Equally, Pakistan should admit that Abu Jundal did go to Pakistan, that Jundal was part of the group which trained and prepared Kasab and nine others and that Jundal was in the control room and one of the masterminds and handlers of the attack," he said.