Home Minister P Chidambaram today said he was hopeful that the US decision to place a bounty on $ 10 million for the arrest of Hafiz Saeed, accused of financially aiding terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, would spur the Pakistani government to take action against him.
“It will now put pressure on the Pakistani government to take action and I hope they will. They cannot continue with this farce of a trial,” Chidambaram told reporters today.
Only two of those arrested for their alleged involvement in the 26 November, 2008 attacks had roles to play in the terror strikes and the rest were known to be only foot soldiers, he said.
When asked if the Prime Minister would speak with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari about this development during his 8 April visit, the Home Minister said he was not aware about what the two leaders would discuss but since it was a private visit by the Pakistani head of state it was unlikely this would be a topic of discussion.
“We will continue to raise the issue on other occasions,” Chidambaram said.
The Home Minister said they had given a dossier in August 2009 to the Pakistani authorities about the activities of Saeed that indicated his involvement in the November 2008 terror strikes carried out in Mumbai.
Saeed is now on the the FBI’s most wanted list of terrorists, with a $10 million reward for information leading to his arrest.
“We continue to compile information about his activities and we think there is enough material to detain him and interrogate him. We think the Pakistani government is not doing its duty,” he said.
Chidambaram said that Pakistani authorities had volunteered to supply voice samples of Saeed to aid investigations in the November 2008 terror strikes but had not done it.
“They offered to give voice samples but they have reneged on that promise on one excuse or the other. One excuse was they could not take voice sample without consent of person,” he said.