Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister, P Chidambaram in a surprising statement has said that India never had the capability to carry out an Osama-like operation to eliminate Hafiz Saeed, the main perpetrator of 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
Chidambaram’s statement came hours after the Army chief, in an interview to Times Now, claimed that India had the ability to carry out an operation similar to Americans to eliminate those responsible for the Mumbai attack.
The veteran Congress leader said that soon after the Mumbai attacks, Hafiz Saeed was in a safe house in Karachi and now roams around freely but we don’t have the capability of targeting him in a raid like the one the Americans undertook to get Osama in his Pakistani (Abbottabad) hideout.
Chidambaram said that India didn’t posses such capabilities then and that he would be pleasantly surprised if it does now. “We didn’t have the capability then (in 2008) and I’ll be pleasantly surprised if we have it now. If we had tried, we would’ve failed and that would have been a bigger blow,” he said.
Chidambaram further added that India had strongly conveyed to Pakistan through diplomatic channels that any Mumbai-like repetition would invite retaliation.
While speaking to Times Now, Army Chief had said, “We are doing it differently. One option is that you do what the Americans did to Osama Bin Laden. That is an option… It is possible. But the government is doing it in a different way. Pakistan is being isolated. Today, you see where Pakistan is… There has to be some action shown by the other side to say that we have taken some action.”