Islamabad: Union home minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said India wants more action from Pakistan against those involved in the Mumbai terror attacks and expressed confidence of a “positive outcome” in the matter after his meeting with his counterpart Rehman Malik.
Briefing reporters about his meetings with Malik, Chidambaram said India believes that more people were behind the attacks and more people should be prosecuted.
“We know that seven people (are being) prosecuted in the case. How far the prosecution has proceeded, it is for the Pakistani government to tell,” he said, when asked about the status of Pakistan’s trial of the 26/11 attacks case.
Pakistan’s interior minister Rehman Malik waves next to Union home minister P Chidambaram as they pose for a group photo during a Saarc interior ministers meeting in Islamabad on Saturday. Faisal Mahmood / Reuters Photo
He also noted that the trial of seven people, including LeT operations chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, was adjourned for a week today.
“We think that more people were behind the attacks and more people should be prosecuted. That point has been made to the Pakistani government and as I said, I wish to remain positive on the outcome of the meeting with Rehman Malik,” the home minister said.
Terming his over two-hour-long meeting with Malik Friday as good, he said they both identified what needs to be done other than what has already been done.
“I think the meeting that I had with Rehman Malik was a good meeting. We spoke with each other. We spoke directly to each other and I am confident that something good will emerge out of that meeting. So, let’s try to remain positive,” he said.
Chidambaram, the first Indian home minister to visit Pakistan in three decades, met Malik at the interior ministry here, and sought action against Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, mastermind of the Mumbai attacks.
Pakistan has acknowledged the Mumbai attack was plotted and partly launched from its soil but has maintained that India has not provided sufficient evidence against Saeed.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court last month upheld a lower court’s decision to release Saeed. The UN Security Council put Saeed and his charity on a list of al-Qaeda associates.
Relations between the arch rivals went into a freeze after Pakistan-based terrorists killed 166 people in Mumbai.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani met on the sidelines of a regional conference last month and agreed to get talks going, which India broke off after the attack.
The foreign ministers of Pakistan and India will meet on 15 July in Islamabad to push forward efforts aimed at normalising ties.