Mumbai attack case: Sufficient evidence on Hafiz Saeed provided to Pakistan, says Mathai

Published: November 11, 2011

Ranjan Mathai says that Pakistan has all the evidence it needs to prosecute LeT members.

ADDU CITY, MALDIVES: Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai refuted Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s claim that evidence provided by India to Pakistan with regards to those accused in the Mumbai attacks case was insufficient Express 24/7 reported on Friday.

Mathai insisted that the dossiers provided to Pakistan contain enough evidence to take definitive action against the accused which include Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.

“We have provided extensive documentation on Hafiz Saeed and those who are under trial for their involvement in the Mumbai attacks. This evidence has been provided. A number of dossiers have been handed over. We believe there is enough information in that for Pakistan to be able to forward their case against those seven accused,” said Ranjan Mathai, Foreign Secretary of India.

The Indian foreign secretary, while speaking to the media on sidelines of the SAARC summit said that his country wanted Pakistan to prosecute those involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

On Malik’s statement that Ajmal Kasab, the main accused in the Mumbai attacks, should be hanged, an amused Mathai wondered if that statement was elicited due to any evidence Malik had seen.

(Read: Ajmal Kasab should be hanged: Malik)

“You have quoted the Interior Minister as having said that Mr Kasab should be sent to the gallows. It would seem that he, then, believes that there is evidence against him,” responded Mathai.

India has demanded Pakistan investigate and convict the militants on its soil responsible for the assault on the Indian commercial capital, Mumbai, in November 2008.

So far, Pakistani authorities have hauled up seven members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba group for trial but India says Pakistan needs to do more, including action against Hafiz Saeed.

Reader Comments (23)

  • csmann
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:39PM

    Evidence makes no difference to the society,perpetually in denial.And who wants to convict their own “heroes”

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  • Fighter
    Nov 11, 2011 - 10:49PM

    Hafiz Saeed and LeT are strategic assets of Pakistan and every country has a right to protect their assets. Pakistan cannot just convict people on Indian’s mere wish. 99% Pakistanis and Military do not believe that Hafiz was involved in Mumbai event and that there is a big conspiracy to malign Pakistan.

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  • Nov 11, 2011 - 10:50PM

    Well… no evidence is enough evidence against the blue eyed boys of our security establishment. Hafiz Saeed is free to collect donations and is provided air time of nearly one hour by the leading Aman ki Asha channel during Ramazan to boost his campaign for donations..

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  • antanu g
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:27PM

    yes sir…the proof must be as strong as provided to britain and spain regarding Nadeem and Iqbal Mirchi.Regret to say that what are treated as conclusive proof in our country has always been treated as inconclusive on international fora.I am not telling that the accused are not culprit but it is our law enforcement agencies which are not up to the task.Things became much gorier when these agencies blindly arrested muslims after every terorist act…though the true perpetrators were other groups.Example Ajmer..Mecca Masjid…Malegaon..Samjhauta express. Who is going to trust our proof after these misadventures?

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  • Hedgefunder
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:41PM

    Well, unfortunately, its high time that the Indians realised, that no action against the accused is possible due to duplicity of various groups involved, which would be political disaster for all the parties concerned in Pakistan !! there are too many skeletons in their wardrobes and they simply can not afford them to be in public domain, as then Pakistan certainly will become Pariah State !!!
    Those in power in Pakistan are well aware of this fact and know that there really can not be a closure to Mumbai 2008 attacks!!
    So they are attempting other avenies to open dialogue with India in relation to Trade etc….
    They are well aware that Kashmir issue is non starter and to please and patronise the local population they will keep making strong statements, while cross border attacks have decreased due to internal acknowledgement of another failed policy, especially post 9/11 and their war on terror !!!!!

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Nov 12, 2011 - 12:56AM

    How can Pakistan handover Mother Teresa of their country.to India. Hafiz Saeed is now on a Charity Mission in our country.

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  • anil
    Nov 12, 2011 - 12:57AM

    Pak shouldn’t remain in denial .Let me remind you that once pak had rejected that Kasab was not pakistani .

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  • Roflcopter
    Nov 12, 2011 - 1:04AM

    I bet the “evidence” India provided is laughable.

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  • Cautious
    Nov 12, 2011 - 1:20AM

    I don’t know what kind of evidence India has supplied – but I do know that Malik has no credibility outside of Pakistan – it would be advisable for Pakistan to get a different spokesman for this issue hopefully one that isn’t tainted with a prior history of making ludicrous statements.

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  • Sirat-ul-mustaqeem
    Nov 12, 2011 - 1:52AM

    Hafiz Saeed is a patriot and a great muslim leader, obviously India sees him as a threat but nothing will happen. Hafiz Saeed may you live long. Ameen

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  • Hedgefunder
    Nov 12, 2011 - 2:11AM

    @Roflcopter:
    Yes its laughable as your lot are right thick in middle of it!!!
    Remember the denials about them being Pakistanis ???
    Finally acknowledged the facts when cornered with overwhelming evidence to the facts !!
    That was laughable , as to behaviour of an Soveriegn Nation of 180 million p[eople !!!

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  • Hedgefunder
    Nov 12, 2011 - 2:18AM

    @Aftab Kenneth Wilson:
    Well this mother teresa, is very good at collecting cash and supplying ammo, furthermore brainwashing young people on one way ticket to his perception of paradise !!!!!
    Such is the state of the nation, that there is no shortage of fools to do his bidding for his personal agenda and not for religion or Almighty !!!!

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  • Samir
    Nov 12, 2011 - 2:43AM

    @ Roflcopter – highly doubtful. Please enlighten me on one instance in which our dear government has done anything but deny?

    We are still in denial that Pakistan is not the world’s greatest country

    We are still in denial that we built the “bum” ourselves

    We are still in denial that Bangladesh gained independence due to the stupidity, arrogance, and violence of ZA Bhutto and our Armed Forces

    We are still in denial that OBL was in Abbottabad probably being protected by elements within the Armed Forces and ISI

    The evidence India and everyone else in the world is providing about Pakistan’s complicity in creating, supporting, and harboring terrorists is quite strong. We can keep denying the truth and living in delusion. I’m sure you wouldn’t be rolling on the floor laughing then Roflcopter saab.

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  • hamid
    Nov 12, 2011 - 2:57AM

    Ajmal Kassab is a hindu, he said “bhagwan re” in his interrogation video widely available on youtube. He must also be an Indian.Recommend

  • Qadir
    Nov 12, 2011 - 3:06AM

    I’ve seen the indian dossier with my own eyes . Indians are very good at media war. The dossier just contains leaks and random potential criminals essentially India blames anyone who it had a dispute with in the past

    The dossier was also in Hindi not English or Urdu

    I remember India gave a list of most wanted criminals last year and 2 of them where living under Indian custody! Under house arrest !! Lol another 14 had fake names and 7 where already dead

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  • Amit
    Nov 12, 2011 - 3:14AM

    MR. Mathai, Sir you and our prime minister have totally lost their mind.

    Govt of Pakistan in March 2011 promised India that they will send a judicial commission to probe the Mumbai carnage. We know nothing happened of this promise. And request of voice samples if not to India even to a neutral country… well nothing happened there as well.

    If it was US or China they will be running helter and skelter to fulfill their demand.. regardless of people shouting on streets as they are the only rightful masters.

    There is no hope and you cannot trust them. At best we can do is maintain status quo and make ourselves strong and leave Pakistan to their own devices.

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  • Akash
    Nov 12, 2011 - 3:25AM

    @roflcopter: I bet the “evidence” India provided is laughable.

    I bet killing of 166 innocents in Mumbai is also laughable for you and others who think like you. Forget Mumbai, I bet killing of other innocents in Pakistan is also laughable for you. Because if not then you would be demanding justice for innocents victims from your establishment.

    Even forget evidence…forget India gave anything… if Pakistan was a responsible state it would have on its own accord done the investigation and followed the leads or would have asked info from India to proactively arrest/interrogate the culprits. Your Govt even promised judicial commission, what happened to that ?

    So when other countries laugh at you or question your credibility, there are reasons for that, proper reasons… not just CIA Raw Mossad conspiracy!!

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  • gp65
    Nov 12, 2011 - 4:06AM

    @antanu g:
    You are not an Indian. Stop pretending to claim an Indian identity.

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  • speed
    Nov 12, 2011 - 10:16AM

    @hamid:

    you also just said” bhagwan re” in your post here

    welcome to the clan

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  • antanu g
    Nov 12, 2011 - 12:13PM

    @gp65:
    i am not an imposter my dear…want my address…give me your mail i.d.and will provide it. you can meet me anytime in Kolkata…only thing is that dont come to me with holier than thou attitude. the truth hurts mr gp65…and the truth is that we are no less culprit than pakistanis in any sphere of life.neither we want to lisyen the truth nor the pakistanis.Recommend

  • Indian
    Nov 12, 2011 - 1:37PM

    Indian evidences are nothing more then a bollywood script… it should not be taken seriously…Recommend

  • maz3tt
    Nov 26, 2011 - 7:54PM

    evidence was there one?

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  • Malatesh
    Nov 27, 2011 - 12:06AM

    US has done many done strikes in Pakistan, did they had any concrete credible evidence about terror hideouts?

    Start fair investigation, you will get evidence against Hafiz Saed.

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