India hands over to Pak fresh evidence against Hafiz Saeed

India hands over to Pak fresh evidence against Hafiz Saeed

India has given to Pakistan fresh evidence against Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and asked Islamabad to act against the 26/11 mastermind.

During the two-day Home Secretary level talks on May 24-25 in Islamabad, Indian delegation told Pakistani side that it has given them enough evidence against Saeed which was added to the proof collected against Saeed by Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

Official sources said during the talks, Indian side has given additional inputs on the perpetrators of 26/11, including Saeed, and asked Islamabad to act on them.

Apart from the confessional statement of 26/11 attacker Azmal Amir Kasab, who categorically told investigators about the role of Hafiz Saeed in the terror attack, India also given evidence gathered from Pakistani-American terror operative David Headley, they said.

During the talks, the Indian side raised with Pakistan the existence of terror infrastructure in that country, five recent infiltration attempts from across the border, existence of Sikh terrorists there and inflow of fake Indian currency notes from that country.

Though Pakistan tried to raise alleged Indian links with unrest in Baluchistan, the Home Secretary rubbished the charges saying New Delhi has nothing to do with the problems in the restive Pakistani province, the sources said.

Both sides commended the work done by the Judicial Committee on Prisoners and agreed that their work should continue. They also agreed on the need for implementing the 2008 Consular Agreement in letter and spirit.

It was decided that CBI and FIA will schedule a meeting at an early date to work out the technical details of moving forward on issues of human trafficking, counterfeit currency, cyber crimes and Red Notices (RNs). Both sides agreed to expeditiously execute all pending RNs. Pakistan side agreed to examine issues.

Interestingly, India has issued eight Letters Rogatory against wanted criminal in which Pakistan is yet to act while New Delhi is yet to respond to one such LR issued by Islamabad, sources said.

The Secretaries also exchanged views on the issue of inadvertent crossing of fishermen from both sides. The Pakistan side noted the invitation extended by the Indian Coast Guards for a meeting with the Pakistan Maritime Agency in June 2012 in New Delhi.

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