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Yousuf Raza Gilani may be a man of peace but he has not moved on 26/11: Chidambaram

Yousuf Raza Gilani may be a man of peace but he has not moved on 26/11: Chidambaram

Author: TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: December 1, 2011
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Yousuf-Raza-Gilani-may-be-a-man-of-peace-but-he-has-not-moved-on-26/11-Chidambaram/articleshow/10936905.cms

Home minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani may be a "man of peace" but he had not delivered on the 26/11 probe, whether was arresting the real culprits or giving India voice samples of those who are in jails there.

The home minister's scepticism is significant after PM Manmohan Singh described Gilani as a "man of peace" to explain why he had reached out to Pakistan yet again. Chidambaram refused to comment on the gap between the PM's optimism implied in his description of Gilani and his own reservations about the Pakistani premier.

Asked about it, Chidambaram said, "Please don't ask me to comment on the statement made by the honourable Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh). The Pakistani prime minister may be a man of peace and, if he has been described as such, that is a description given by the prime minister."

He continued, "That has nothing to do with the fact that they (Pakistan) have not given us voice samples, they have not arrested the true perpetrators behind 26/11. I don't think you should spin out a political story out of a statement that I have made."

Singh had made the remark about Gilani in Maldives recently, surprising many because of the deep disappointment in the government over Pakistan's continued refusal to bring the masterminds of 26/11 to book.

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