April 7th, 2012
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BJP, Congress pressurizes PM to bring up Saeed issue with Zardari

Hafiz-SaeedNew Delhi: The Congress as well as the Bharatiya Janata Party has asked the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to raise the Hafiz Saeed. According to them Manmohan Singh should ask Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to take strict action against the Lashkar-e-Toiba founder who is alleged to have plotted the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

“He is on a personal visit. We welcome his visit. Zardari is himself in a problem in his country. India must convey his concerns regarding terrorists who are being shielded in Pakistan,” said BJP MLA Tarun Vijay. Congress Spokesperson Rashid Alvi said, “Saeed must be handed over to India.” National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah  also held the opinion, “If Indo-Pak relations are to improve, Hafiz Saeed should be handed over to the court.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan premier Yousuf Raza Gilani insisted that the issue of Hafiz Saeed is Pakistan’s internal matter and that any concrete evidence against the LeT founder should be provided to Islamabad to be examined by this country’s courts. External Affairs Minister S M Krishna yesterday said the dossier that Home Minister P Chidambaram has given to Islamabad has every detail of Saeed’s involvement in the terrorist attack on Mumbai which is sufficient for Pakistan to act against LeT leader Hafiz Saeed. India has repeatedly given Pakistan every detail of Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed’s involvement in the Mumbai terror attack but Islamabad has chosen not to conduct an investigation, he had opined.

Zardari’s 47-member delegation would include his son Bilawal, interior minister Rehman Mallik and foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar and the two sides would also talk about progress in trade ties and the way forward on Kashmir. Zardari and Singh would meet to discuss issues of constructive engagement and regional peace. Zardari had last visited the Sufi shrine with his late wife Benazir in 2005.


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