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HM tells Pak to punish 26/11 attackers
New Delhi, Jan 28:
Published on 29 Jan. 2010 1:21 AM IST
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Reacting strongly to Pakistan’s lone admission to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi being behind the 26/11 attacks, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said that Pakistan is dragging its feet in taking action against 26/11 masterminds, reports Zee News. Chidambaram’s statement can be clearly judged as a hint to Pak’s flip-flop on Hafiz Saeed, who has been continuously termed by India as the mastermind of the deadly attacks along with others. Expressing his dissatisfaction, the Home Minister today said that Pak’s continuous failure of booking the real culprits indicates that Pakistan is not at all serious in booking all those responsible for the bloodbath. There are other architects of 26/11 as well, other than Lakhvi, and Pakistan should drag them to justice, Chidambaram, further said. Chidambaram is also likely to visit Islamabad from February 20-22 to attend the SAARC Home Ministers’ conference. He is expected to raise the issue with other ministers. On Wednesday, Pakistan investigators had said all the seven terrorists arrested in Pakistan for their involvement in the Mumbai attacks belonged to LeT and there is sufficient incriminating evidence against them. Pakistani investigators, in a report to an anti-terrorism court, also corroborated the statement made by Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone gunman arrested in Mumbai. The report presented to the court conducting the trial of seven accused, including LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi states that there is “sufficient incriminating evidence on record against those arrested for orchestrating the Mumbai attacks.” The report further said that evidence collected by Pakistani investigators had corroborated the statement made by Ajmal Amir Kasab. Meanwhile, the much-talked about Committee to examine the demand for separate Telangana will be announced next week, home minister P Chidamabaram said on Thursday. “We are almost at the end of concluding that exercise. If all goes well, we should have a committee by the end of this week. We will announce the committee by next week,” he told reporters declining to give out the names. The Home Minister said the government would have more or less finalised the names and will do by the the end of this week. “Perhaps by the next week, the committee will be announced,” he said. Chidambaram in the meeting with political parties from Andhra Pradesh on January 5 had said that its agenda was to “deliberate on the mechanism and lay down a road map for consultations” on the Telangana issue. The meeting followed Chidambaram’s statement on December 23, 2009 when the government put on back burner the formation of the separate state for which it had on December 9, 2009 promised to initiate the process. On law and order situation in Andhra Pradesh, the Home Minister said much of the agitation has cooled down while there are some protests here and there. “My greatest regret is that a couple of students reportedly committed suicide. That, I think, should have been completely avoided. Why should children commit suicide. Parents, teachers have responsibility to stop this. But keeping that apart, by and large, things are peaceful there. There is no major law and order violation. We are sticking to our words,” he said.

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