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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2967

26/11- aftermath: India, Pakistan locked in ‘dossier’ duel

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 07 Aug ( India and Pakistan are locked in dossier duel with Delhi asserting that it has given ‘enough’ material for action against Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed but Islamabad maintaining that the dope is ‘not really enough’.

Saeed, in the meantime, is a ‘free’ man of Lahore. Pakistan Supreme Court has adjourned indefinitely the hearing of the petitions challenging his release.

Pakistan contends that it is proceeding in the case of Saeed ‘according to our own laws’. The foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit said in Islamabad on Thursday that the dossiers and information received from India are ‘not really enough ... to proceed legally as is being expected’.

The reference is to a fresh dossier of evidence on the Mumbai attacks India recently handed over to Pakistan, asking it to expedite the prosecution of Saeed. This takes the total of dossiers provided to five.

The latest dossier comprised seven-page summary and 60 pages of annexures. It contained replies to queries posed by Pakistan with regard to investigation and legal process involved in the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai, according to Indian Minister for the Interior, Palaniappan Chidambaram.

The lone LeT gun man, Ajmal Kasab, who was nabbed even as the terrorist strike continued, is presently facing trail in a Mumbai court. And he has given graphic account of the LeT operation and personalities involved in the preparation.

Five LeT operatives, including its operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and communications expert Zarar Shah, are being tried by an anti-terror court in Rawalpindi in connection with the Mumbai attacks. The court adjourned the trial till August 29.

Chidambaram, himself a leading lawyer, who practices in the Supreme Court of India, maintains that Delhi has provided ‘comprehensive’ and ‘detailed’ information. We have responded in detail to all questions raised by Pakistan, he told reporters. ‘It is enough evidence to prosecute JuD chief’.

But the Pakistan Minister for the Interior Rahman Malik and the Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit appear not to share his view.

There is a school in Delhi which views Pakistani contention as an attempt to build a ‘firewall’ around Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and his Jamaat-ud Dawa, which are said to be close to the ‘establishment’.

All this puts a question mark on the foreign secretary level talks slated to coincide with UNGA meeting in New York. These talks are to be followed by foreign minister level dialogue at the same venue.

The Vigil Stepped Up

With Independence Day less than 10-days away, India has stepped up its security drill across the country as a precautionary measure even as reports trickled in that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) could target Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad in the run-up to the I-Day.

-Asian Tribune -

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