Saeed: Interpole notice to put pressure on Pak, feel experts

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 28 2009, 03:39am hrs
The Interpol red corner notice (RCN) against mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack Hafiz Saeed will restrict his free movements and bring international pressure on Pakistan to act on him, but the sincerity to do so remains doubtful, security experts in India say. It brings international pressure on Pakistan to act because now he (Saeed) will not be allowed to go abroad. He will be deported or extradited to India if he goes abroad because of the RCN, former Indian high commissioner to Pakistan G Parthasarthy said.

He said it would be difficult for Pakistan to say that he is free and we dont have any evidence against him. Former chief of Intelligence Bureau, Ajit Doval said, We hope that Pakistan, which claims to be at the forefront of the war on terrorism, will take note of it and arrest and proceed against him. Parthasarthy, however, added that India committed serious blunder by assuming that he would be handed over to us or tried honestly in Pakistan. India made a fundamental blunder in assuming that we can persuade Pakistan to either try him honestly there or extradite him here. We should have insisted that Americans should seek extradition of these masterminds... In my view, we have committed serious blunder (by not doing so), he said. Security expert Bharat Karnad, who was a member of the first National Security Advisory Board of the National Security Council, also feels that the notice will restrict free movement of Saeed. The notice can only restrict the movements of Saeed. They (Pakistan authorities) have the excuse that they had produced him before the court from where he was released, he said.