Shinde: Saeed arrest not tied to 26/11

Published: 18th December 2012 10:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th December 2012 10:50 AM   |  A+A-

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday accused Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik of being “misinformed” about the detention of Hafiz Saeed, pointing out that as per Pakistani documents, the JuD chief was never arrested for being a conspirator in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

“From the papers given to us, it is clear that the detentions of Shri Hafiz Saeed in the aforesaid cases were for other reasons and not for his role as a conspirator in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. Therefore, I can only say that Mr Rehman Malik appears to have been misinformed in the matter,” Shinde said in the Rajya Sabha.

Malik had claimed that Saeed had been arrested on charges of being part of the 26/11 attack.

When Shinde raised this during their talks, Malik said he will provide the first information reports and judgment related to it.

“When we pursued this matter, they gave us papers pertaining to the detentions of Shri Hafiz Saeed in 2002 and 2009,” said Shinde.

He pointed out that for India, the key issue in improving relations with Pakistan was progress in booking the guilty in 26/11 attack.

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