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Release of Hafiz Saeed 'atrocious': HM

Release of Hafiz Saeed 'atrocious': HM

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: September 7, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/200730/Release-of-Hafiz-Saeed-atrocious-HM.html

On the eve of his visit to the US, Home Minister P Chidamabaram has termed as "atrocious" Pakistan's decision to let off Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed in the Mumbai terror attacks case and said there is "enough and more" evidence to continue the probe against him.

He also said that India has never ruled out the involvement of state actors in Pakistan in the 26/11 carnage despite Islamabad's contention to the contrary.

"There is enough and more evidence to continue the investigation against Hafiz Saeed. On the face of this evidence, to let him off, I think, is atrocious," he told NDTV.

Asked if he will raise with Washington the need to weigh upon Islamabad that it has to act against Saeed, Chidamabaram said, "If there is an opportunity, I will take them through the sixth dossier.

It has already been shared with many countries--16 including the US.

"So they know what we have but if there is an opportunity, I will certainly walk them through the dossier to point out that there is enough evidence (against him)," the Home Minister, who will be paying a four-day visit to the US beginning Tuesday, said.

To a question that Saeed was accompanied by one "Major General Saab' during a meeting with Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab and other Mumbai terror attack accused at a training camp and possible links of the Pakistan army, he said, "Well that can only be revealed by investigation."

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