Any responsible govt would probe Hafiz's role: PC

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Any responsible govt would probe Hafiz's role: PC
New Delhi, Mar 3: Irked by Pakistan's inaction against Hafiz Saeed, the suspected masterming behind Mumbai terror attacks, Home Minister P Chidambaram said that India regrets Pakistasn' leniency in allowing LeT chief Hafiz Saeed to make "provocative and insidious" speeches.

"Based on the information that we have furnished, any responsible government will investigate the role of Hafiz Saeed. Far from investigating his role, Pakistani government is allowing him to make provocative and insidious speeches. That is deeply regretted," Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters at a press conference here.

Referring to the dossiers handed over by the Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao during the Foreign Secretray level talk on Feb 25, Chidambaram expressed hope on Pakistan's action against Saeed, including 34 terrorists wanted In India.

"Three dossiers prepared by MHA were handed over by our foreign secretary to the foreign secretary of Pakistan. We expect Pakistan to take action against the persons mentioned in the three dossiers," the Home Minister said.

"It will be my endeavour to encourage the states to improve upon the base line and enhance both capacity and preparedness to deal with the challenges to security. What was noteworthy about the conference was that there was not a single discordant voice. This sense of oneness of purpose augurs well for the future," he said.

Chidambaram said the 15-point questionnaire which was circulated prior to the Feb 7 conference of chief ministers has helped the government to construct a base line of the capacity and preparedness of the police in each state.

"It will be my endeavour to encourage the states to improve upon the base line and enhance both capacity and preparedness to deal with the challenges to security. What was noteworthy about the conference was that there was not a single discordant voice. This sense of oneness of purpose augurs well for the future," he said.

Responding to a query on the legal sanctity of the Justice Srikrishna Committee, which was constituted to look into the demand of a separate Telangana, he said, "The Committee has every legal sanctity. It was appointed by an executive order of the government."

On his past views on smaller states, Chidambaram said his individual view about smaller states remain unchanged.

"I am not taking back what I have said as an individual. But now my views are the views of the government. I speak whatever government decides... I think it is time Indian media matures enough to the reality that the people can be outside the government, people may be inside the government," the Home Minister said.

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