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Shinde clarifies as Oppn questions why he didn't react to Rehman Malik's statements

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Dec 17, 2012 at 02:29pm IST

New Delhi: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Monday made a statement in the Rajya Sabha on Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik's visit to India after Opposition MPs demanded. Shinde in his statement said that he made it clear to Malik that Pakistan was yet to act against the 26/11 accused and that Hafiz Saeed was one the main perpetrators.

"I made it clear that the main issue was bringing the masterminds of the 26/11 to justice. I pointed out that many accused had not been charged and that Pakistan is yet to act aganist Hafiz Saeed. I specially mentioned that our investigations have shown that Hafiz Saeed was a part of the 26/11 conspiracy," Shinde said.

He said Malik was "misinformed" about the actual reasons for the arrest of Saeed whom India blames as the main conspirator in the 26/11 attacks. "From the papers given to us, it is clear that the detentions of Hafiz Saeed in the aforesaid cases were for other reasons and not for his role as a conspirator in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Therefore, I can only say that Rehman Malik appears to have been misinformed in the matter," Shinde said.

He also said that India demanded co-operation from Pakistan to arrest Dawood Ibrahim. "Pakistan has to ensure full co-operation in arrest of Dawood Ibrahim.

Shinde's response came after Opposition MPs demanded an explanation as to why the Home Minister did not react to Malik's statements during his visit to India. Rehman Malik, during his India visit blamed Indian agencies for failing to prevent the 26/11 Mumbai attack and called the attack's accused Abu Jundal an Indian agent.

He even claimed that he was unsure whether Kargil martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia was killed by a Pakistani bullet or the weather.

(With additional information from PTI)

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