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More people behind Mumbai attacks: Chidambaram

india Updated: Jun 26, 2010 16:59 IST

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Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said that there were more people behind the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and "more people" should be prosecuted besides the seven suspects who are currently being tried in Pakistan.

"We believe more people were behind the Mumbai attack and more people should be prosecuted,” Chidambaram told reporters in Islamabad, a day after Friday night's talks with his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik.

Earlier on Friday, India had provided Pakistan further details about involvement of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed in Mumbai terror attacks on the basis of disclosures made by Pakistani-American LeT operative David Headley and made it clear that action against him and other handlers would be a major confidence building measure.

During the meetings between Home Minister P Chidambaram and his Pakistani counterpart Rahman Malik which went on till late Friday night, the Indian side also gave a list of other terror activities emanating from Pakistan and cross-border violations, sources said.

The Indian side gave a list of Pakistanis killed in Jammu and Kashmir in the last few months, they said.

Chidambaram, the first Indian Home Minister to visit Pakistan in three decades, and Malik held formal talks for about two hours and continued the discussions for about 90 minutes at a dinner hosted by the Pakistan Interior Minister.

Chidambaram made it clear that Pakistan needed to act with urgency against all those responsible for the Mumbai attacks and identified in the 11 dossiers that India has handed over since the attacks in November 2008, sources said.

He told Malik that action against all those behind the Mumbai attacks would be a major confidence-building measure. The Indian side referred to Saeed and gave more details about his involvement on the basis of interrogation of Headley, they said.

Headley has confessed to having conducted recce of the targets of 26/11 and named Saeed as one of his handlers.

India is not satisfied by the way investigation and trial is being conducted in Pakistan in the Mumbai attacks case. It wants Pakistan to identify and punish all the handlers of Mumbai attacks besides expediting trial.

Chidambaram also said that Pakistan can surely give voice samples of handlers as it is universally acknowledged that handlers were in Pakistan.

"We think we know who the handlers were. Surely, they can give us voice samples. We have recordings on our side."

When asked whether India will accept Pakistan giving voice samples to any third country, he said: "I suggested one time that don't give it to us. Give it to a third country so that it is subjected to forensic analysis in a third country.

Significantly, chiefs of intelligence agencies of India and Pakistan are going to meet here before Chidambaram and the delegation leaves for home on Sunday.

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