'Saeed's release not a set back to 26/11 probe'

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P Chidambaram
New Delhi, June 2: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Tuesday, Jun 2 that the Government of Pakistan was never serious about investigating the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

Talking to reporters, Chidambaram said, "We are unhappy that Pakistan has not shown any seriousness about the 26/11 investigations. The release of Hafiz Saeed won't be a setback to the investigations."

Chidambaram's reaction came hours after a full bench of the Lahore High Court ordered the release from house arrest of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed saying that it had not received substantial evidence.

Indian Government sources reacted with dismay on hearing about the Lahore High Court ruling. Most of them described Saeed's arrest by the Pakistani authorities for his role in the Mumbai terror attacks of November 2008 as an eyewash.

They said that the high court's view that there was just not enough evidence to continue the detention of Saeed certified that similar arrests made in the past have also ended in similar releases.

India accused Pakistan of backing terrorism in its soil again, despite the evidence supplied by New Delhi indicating Saeed's clear role in 26/11.

It now seems obvious, that the Pakistan government was posturing all along, without ever being serious about bringing the man branded a terrorist by even the UN to justice.

An official reaction from the Ministry of External Affairs is still awaited.

ANI

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