India ups ante on Pak over Jundal, Saeed

India on Sunday pressed Pakistan to act against continuing anti-India terror activities on its soil and reminded it of disclosures made by 26/11 handler Abu Jundal when External Affairs Minister SM Krishna met his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar here.

The meeting between Krishna and Khar took place on the sidelines of the international conference on Afghanistan in the Japanese capital.

Krishna raised the disclosures made by Abu Jundal, which corroborate claims of David Headley, another 26/11 plotter now in the US custody, about the involvement of Pakistani state actors in the 2008 attack.

Krishna, according to government sources, also gave more evidence to Pakistan about anti-India activities indulged in by 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, who is said to enjoy patronage of the powerful military establishment in Pakistan.

Krishna also pressed Khar to expedite release of Sarabjit Singh, a death row prisoner in Pakistan, and stressed that both sides should take a larger humanitarian overview of the issue of prisoners' in each other's country.

The issue of terrorism had figured prominently in discussions between Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and his Pakistani counterpart Jalil Abbas Jilani in New Delhi on 4-5 July.

India had then asked Pakistan to act on the information on Jundal's disclosures and underlined that bringing perpetrators of 26/11 carnage to justice would be the biggest confidence building measure between the two countries.

Pakistan has denied the involvement of state actors in the Mumbai attack and offered a joint probe into Jindal's disclosures.

Krishna and Khar will have structured discussions on the entire gamut of bilateral issues and will review the second round of the post 26/11 dialogue process when they meet in Islamabad in September.

The two countries revived their dialogue in February last year after a long hiatus following the Nov 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attack which was masterminded and executed by Pakistani terrorists.

Earlier, Krishna was scheduled to go to Pakistan mid July, but had to postpone his trip as the dates coincided with the Indian presidential elections.
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