Pakistan has rejected the sixth dossier on last year’s Mumbai terror attacks, which contains significant evidence against Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed. Indian government has described it as ‘unfortunate’.
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, in his reaction to this colossal blow to the probe into 26/11, said, “We have always identified that the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack need to be brought to justice. We have painstakingly collected evidence to convey the role of the people mentioned in the dossier. It is unfortunate that Pakistan has rejected this dossier, even after Interpol issued a red-corner notice on Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed.”
Claiming that India had supplied to Pakistan all the required proof needed in the case, the minister said that India would continually impress upon Pakistan to take action against Saeed.
“I think the world should take note of these developments and they will have to come to their own conclusions. We can do only this much and we will continue to express the desire to curb terror to Pakistan,” he added.
Ironically, Pakistan’s rejection of Indian evidence in the case follows issuing of a red-corner notice against Saeed a day before which was issued on the basis of information and evidence from the country in which the crime was committed.
“The RCN will be issued on the basis of the non-bailable warrant issued against Saeed by a Mumbai court earlier and also all the evidences gathered against him by the Mumbai police. These have been handed over to the CBI to let the agency take up the case with Interpol,” a TV news channel quoted sources as saying.
Earlier, rejecting evidence contained in previous dossiers handed to it, Pakistan had said that it would examine evidence in the fresh dossier.
It may be mentioned that India and Pakistan have exchanged several dossiers on the Mumbai incident. Information provided by India was used by Pakistans Federal Investigation Agency to arrest several Lashker-e-Toiba operatives linked to planning and executing the attacks. Both sides have also answered each others questions and Pakistan has acknowledged that the LeT was responsible for the assault.
However, the Pakistan government has maintained that information provided so far by India is not enough to prosecute or arrest Saeed, also the founder of the LeT.
In June, the Lahore High Court ordered release of Saeed citing the fact that no evidence had been provided by the government to justify his detention. The Punjab government later backtracked from its statement that it would challenge his release in the Supreme Court. The Punjab law minister, Rana Sanaullah Khan, had then made the startling confession that the federal government had not shared the “confidential evidence” it had with the state government.