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We hope to get something from Pak on 26/11: HM
Published on 24 Jul. 2010 11:30 PM IST
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Striking a positive note after the recent talks with Islamabad, India Saturday said it was hopeful of getting “something” from Pakistan on the dossiers provided to it last month on 26/11 Mumbai attacks and is willing to give it some time in this regard.
“We hope to get something from Pakistan. Let’s give them some time. It has been only a month since we have had formal contact,” Home Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters here when asked about the dossiers given to Islamabad to act against the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks.
“I travelled there only exactly four weeks back. Let us keep our fingers crossed,” he said.
Chidambaram’s comments indicate that some tangible action by Pakistan on 26/11 could reverse the acrimony that followed the July 15 talks between the foreign ministers of the two countries.
During talks with his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik in Islamabad June 25, Chidambaram had given additional information on the Nov 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks, based on disclosures made by Pakistani-American Laskhar-e-Taiba operative David Headley.
Headley, according to sources, had revealed names of key LeT operatives and the involvement of some officers of Pakistan’s military-ISI establishment in the Mumbai carnage.
Ahead of the July 15 talks, Home Secretary G.K. Pillai had said that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was involved in planning the Mumbai terror spree from beginning to end. The Pakistani side seized on his remarks and accused India of selectively focusing on terror to the exclusion of other important issues like Jammu and Kashmir, Siachen and the Sir Creek.
Meanwhile, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said that the BJP’s anger at the CBI for charge-sheeting Gujarat minister Amit Shah was not justified and they should have reacted in January when the Supreme Court gave the directive seeking a probe into Shah’s role in the 2005 killing of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh.
“The (Bharatiya Janata Party) BJP should have spoken out on Amit Shah in January. Why belated anger by the BJP now,” Chidambaram asked, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the National Development Council meeting here.
“This,” he said, “was a Supreme Court directive and at least BJP leader Arun Jaitley should have read it. He is a lawyer. He should have raised it and they should have raised it in January, why raise it now?”
Shah who Saturday resigned as the Gujarat minister of state for home is being hunted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his role in the 2005 killings of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, 37, and his wife in an alleged fake shootout.
The BJP has accused the Congress of a witch hunt against Shah for “vote bank politics” and even called off a planned lunch with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday.

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