Chidambaram sceptical on Pak action against 26/11 accused

Chidambaram sceptical on Pak action against 26/11 accused

"When it starts, I will say it is a positive step," he said when asked to comment on Pakistan's declaration that the trial of 26/11 accused would begin on October three.

Chidambaram said a date for the trial to begin had also been set in the past by a Pakistan court only to be told later that the concerned judge was on leave.

"So, when it starts it is a positive step," he told CNN-IBN.

The Home Minister stressed that the trial must begin and Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Saeed must be arrested, interrogated and investigated.

"All the evidence against Hafiz Saeed is on Pakistani soil. That has to be gathered," he said.
Chidambaram also said that Pakistan has to respond to letters rogatory sent by India in this regard.

"They have to respond to our letters rogatary. There is some request pending from the FBI and the Indian agencies for certain things which Pakistan has to respond," he said.

On Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi's remarks that he cannot take a "half-baked case to court", Chidambaram said "let him bake it fully. Because the evidence is on Pakistani soil."

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