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Insufficient evidence to arrest Hafiz Saeed: Gilani

Insufficient evidence to arrest Hafiz Saeed: Gilani

London: Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said there is insufficient evidence to arrest Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, a media report said.

‘If you arrest him, that means he will be released by the courts. For the courts you need more evidence,’ quoted Gilani as saying.

‘You know the judiciary is completely independent in Pakistan.’

Hafiz Saeed, founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, is accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attack in which 166 people, including foreigners, were killed by 10 terrorists from Pakistan.

The US last month announced an award of up to $10 million for information leading to arrest and conviction of Saeed and $2 million for Hafiz Adbul Rahman Makki, under the Rewards for Justice programme, for information on the two terrorists.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during her three-day trip to India earlier this month, said she had authorised the award for Hafiz Saeed who was responsible for the attack in Mumbai.

‘It may take longer than we like but we will stand with you and trying to make that happen,’ she said May 7 in Kolkata.


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