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India rejects Pak claim on Saeed

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In this May 23, 2005 photo, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, is seen in Islamabad.
In this May 23, 2005 photo, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, is seen in Islamabad.

India on Friday rejected Pakistan’s claim that adequate evidence was not available to prosecute Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and said it must act against the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks as it has to “decide” what kind of ties it wants with New Delhi.

Official sources pointed out that Pakistan has already admitted that the 26/11 attacks were planned and executed by its nationals from its soil and hence should have information about them. “We are only assisting that process,” they said.

They noted that India has regularly given information and evidence as and when it was collected and collated.

India has also made it clear that it was ready to provide more information whenever available, they said.

On Pakistan’s repeated contention that it does not have enough evidence against Saeed and even the latest dossier was a “rehash” of earlier ones, the sources said “There is enough, substantive information available with Pakistan. We would like Pakistan to take action.”

In this regard, they said Interpol has issued a Red Corner Notice against Saeed, U.N. Security Council has proscribed Jamaat-ud-Dawa and his hate statements against India are also in public domain.

“It is for Pakistan to decide what kind of relationship it wants (with India). Pakistan has repeatedly said it will do everything in its power to bring the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks to justice,” the sources said, adding “We want open, speedy, transparent action.”

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