Saeed should be interrogated for 26/11 attacks: Chidambaram
Home Minister P Chidambaram today demanded that Pakistan interrogate JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed for the Mumbai terror attacks as all the evidence against him was on its soil. In an interview to a TV channel, Hafiz Saeed's lawyer said it was pressure from India and the US that led to his arrest. He said Saeed was detained for security reasons and police will release him in a day or two.india Updated: Sep 21, 2009 16:32 IST
Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday demanded that Pakistan interrogate JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed for the Mumbai terror attacks as all the evidence against him was on its soil.
Reacting to reports that Saeed has been placed under house arrest, Chidambaram said he has no objection even if it was a "face-saving technique" by Pakistan. "My demand is that now that he has been arrested he should be interrogated on the 26/11 incidents. His role in the 26/11 attacks must be investigated," he told reporters in Chennai on the sidelines of a function in Chennai.
"Evidence is in Pakistani soil. When Pakistan says give us evidence, evidence is not on Indian soil, all the evidence against Hafiz Saeed is on Pakistani soil," he said. "Therefore, one must investigate in Pakistan and find the evidence in Pakistan," he said.
The Home Minister said two FIRs, which were filed against Saeed on Friday by Pakistani authorities, are unrelated to 26/11 attacks.
India has been insisting that Pakistan should take action against Saeed for his role in masterminding the Mumbai attacks but Pakistani authorities have claimed that the evidence provided by New Delhi against the JuD chief is not adequate for arresting or prosecuting him.