India will use information gathered from the interrogation of Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative David Headley to press Pakistan for more “tangible” action against the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram said on Friday.
“Within restrictions, we will be able to use the information from the Headley interrogation,” he said, en route to Islamabad for the Saarc home ministers’ conference on Saturday.
The minister was to meet his Pakistan counterpart Rehman Malik and Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi late on Friday night.
While pointing out that India would not want to diffuse the significance of the Saarc conference and hence, would keep bilateral issues with Pakistan on the sidelines, Chidambaram said: “We shall raise politely
but firmly issues related to
terrorism. It has been 18 months since the Mumbai attacks. It’s time we saw some tangible action on Pakistan’s part.”
He said the one “tangible” thing Islamabad could do was to provide New Delhi with voice samples of the suspected handlers of the 10 Mumbai terrorists.
India has recordings of Pakistan-based handlers giving the terrorists directions and has asked Pakistan for voice samples of suspects. Pakistan has said it failed to procure the voice samples.
On Lashkar founder and 26/11 suspect Hafiz Saeed, Chidambaram said: “They can take tangible action against Hafiz Saeed. There are controllers, there are handlers, so we need to know what action they will take against them. These matters can’t be ignored forever.”
Also on his agenda: infiltration on the Jammu and Kashmir border and Pakistanis who have infiltrated and are indulging in militant activities.