Union Home Minister P.Chidambaram on Monday demanded that Pakistan should question militant Hafiz Mohammed Saeed on last year's 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, whom it had arrested recently.
Asked about the arrest and if India was satisfied with the Pakistani action, Mr.Chidambaram responded: "He has been charged under two FIRs unrelated to 26/11 [the attack on Mumbai]. If this is a face saving technique I have no objection. My demand is that he be interrogated on the 26/11 atacks...on his role in the 26/11 attacks." He was talking to presspersons after flagging off the Chennai - New Delhi Duronto express.
Pakistani militant, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, who founded the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), is widely held in India as the mastermind of last November's attack on Mumbai which left 166 people dead.
On the Pakistani demand that India hand over evidence for his being charged with the crime, he said that "all evidence required was in Pakistani soil."
Responding to a question on the universal identity card scheme. Mr.Chidambaram said that the project was well on track. "The fishermen living in 3331 coastal villages along teh country, numbering 1.2 crore will receive the cards this year," he said