Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has said that New Delhi would press for handing over of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder and alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks Hafeez Saeed during Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s visit beginning December 14.
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Monday that he had raised the issue of Saeed moving freely in Pakistan with Malik, when they met in Maldives on the sidelines of a SAARC inter-ministerial conference in September, and that he should be handed over to India.
The Indian minister stated, “I am quite sure that when he will come here, I will discuss with him this issue. I have been telling him and still I will insist [on handing over Hafiz Saeed]. We have told them [Pakistan] openly, as well as through official communication… I am quite sure that when he comes here, I will discuss with him this issue.
Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik will be in India on a three-day visit starting December 14 for operationalisation of the liberalized visa regime.
Sushilkumar Shinde further stated that in recent months he had raised the issue of Hafiz Saeed, as well as that of handing over of voice samples of the handlers of terrorists who carried out attacks in Mumbai, with the Pakistani counterpart, on at least two meetings at international levels.
The Home Minister, however, refused to comment on the legal proceedings related to the 26/11 case going on in Pakistan. “I can’t say I am satisfied. It is a legal matter. I can’t comment on legal matters,” he noted.
India has voiced concern over the slow pace of trial in Pakistan. An anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi is conducting the trial of seven Pakistanis charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks.