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Progress made in 26/11 probe: Pak

Claiming that it has made progress in the investigation against 26/11 perpetrators, Pakistan has said it has filed chargesheet against seven accused and expressed hope that it will be able to convict them as it has "sufficient evidence" to argue a good case.

world Updated: Nov 28, 2009 17:58 IST

Claiming that it has made progress in the investigation against 26/11 perpetrators, Pakistan has said it has filed chargesheet against seven accused and expressed hope that it will be able to convict them as it has "sufficient evidence" to argue a good case.

However, it charged India with providing "inadequate" evidence against Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind the Mumbai terror attacks.

In an interview to CNN-IBN, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi claimed that progress has been made in the 26/11 investigations with chargesheet already been filed against seven people, two of whom are main accused.

"...They are under trial and we feel we have collected sufficient evidence against them to argue a good case for their conviction," he said.

But on Saeed, he said "the evidence provided is inadequate...We arrested him. The court let him go. Now, if we take him without sufficient evidence, he will go scot free. The evidence will not stand the test of scrutiny."

"We have to move ahead. We want to prosecute them. We want to convict them. Not because you want us because today there is a realisation in Pakistan that these people are creating a havoc in Pakistan.

"They are destroying Pakistan's image internationally. They are not helping our economy. They are taking innocent lives....So, we have to do it for ourselves," Qureshi added.

On meeting his Indian counterpart SM Krishna, Qureshi said Pakistan was always for dialogue but it has to be without any pre-conditions.