India on Monday said Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed had never been arrested in connection with the Mumbai terror attacks, even though Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik claimed so.
Making a statement in both houses of parliament, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Malik, who just concluded his visit to India, was “misinformed” about the actual reasons for the arrest of Hafiz Saeed, whom India blames as the main conspirator in the 26/11 attacks.
“From the papers given to us, it is clear that the detentions of Hafiz Saeed in the aforesaid cases were for other reasons and not for his role as a conspirator in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Therefore, I can only say that Rehman Malik appears to have been misinformed in the matter,” Shinde said in Rajya Sabha, where BJP sought to corner the government, alleging that it had not responded strongly to controversial comments made by the Pakistan minister.
Shinde noted that Malik “has been telling us repeatedly that he had arrested Saeed thrice and that, on each occasion, he was let off by the courts for lack of evidence. We had been given to understand by the interior minister of Pakistan that Saeed had been arrested on charges of being a part of the conspiracy for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks,” he said.
He said when India pursued the matter, Pakistan had given the papers pertaining to the detention of Saeed in 2002 and 2009.
During his talks with Malik, Shinde said Pakistan had been told that it was of “paramount importance” to bring those guilty of the terror strikes to justice to ensure that the Indo-Pak peace process proceeds in an atmosphere free of terrorism and violence.
“On a larger plane, it was stated that terrorism is affecting all aspects of the relationship and that we must deal with this menace effectively,” he said.
In the Lok Sabha, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha demanded that no talks should be held with Pakistan until culprits of Mumbai terror attacks and the prime conspirator Saeed were handed over to India by Islamabad.
Maintaining that Malik’s statements during the visit had “hurt the prestige of the country”, he attacked Shinde for not countering his Pakistani counterpart and remaining “silent” during the entire period.
In the Rajya Sabha, BJP Deputy Leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said it was “a deliberate design” by Pakistan not to take action against Saeed as he enjoyed “the protection of the Pakistan government”, adding that this was “very disturbing”.
He charged Shinde with being “conspicuously silent” on many contentious issues raised by Malik during his visit, including that of the Babri Masjid demolition which he termed as “interference in the internal affairs of India”.
“If this was to be done, then why was he called,” Prasad posed. Later, members in the Upper House sought a discussion on the issue and Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien agreed to the demand on the “serious” issue.
In his statement, Shinde said he especially mentioned to Pakistan the fact that “our investigations have shown that Hafiz Saeed was one of the masterminds of the 26/11 attack conspiracy and Pakistan has yet to take effective action to charge him”.
“I reiterated the value of the voice samples for establishing the identity of those who were audacious to be caught on tape while directing the attackers,” he said, adding he also emphasised the need to respond to the Letters Rogatory sent to Islamabad following the investigation by the National Investigation Agency.
He remembered being called 'a liar', at home or abroad is no big deal …
His skin is thick enough …
Remember Hafiz Saeed was arrested at an airport of
Pakistan and later on released having no concrete proof.
.Perhaps it was some speech .This time Mallick is right.
It is habit of a compulsive liar who does not normally know what is is going on what he is saying. No one should pay attention to what he says.
He is such kind of jhoota whom even Pakistani crows avoid to bite him.He has no access to hafiz saeed like strategic asset.he is fully secured by those who planted rehman malik here in this critical job.So how can he dare to mislead India about hafiz saeed.
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