April 5th, 2012
12:40 PM ET

Pakistan wants 'concrete evidence' on Mumbai suspect sought by U.S.

CNN Wire Staff

Pakistan has suggested that the United States needs to provide convincing evidence against a man accused of masterminding the 2008 terrorist assault on Mumbai before it will take any action.

Washington posted a notice Monday offering as much as $10 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, a 61-year-old Pakistani man wanted by Indian authorities in connection with the Mumbai attacks, which killed 166 people.

"Pakistan would prefer to receive concrete evidence to proceed legally rather than to be engaging in a public discussion on this issue," the Pakistani foreign ministry said in a statement.

"In a democratic country like Pakistan, where (the) judiciary is independent, evidence against anyone must withstand judicial scrutiny," the statement, released Wednesday, said.

Saeed has given an nonchalant response to the news of the multimillion-dollar offer for his capture.

"I am living my life in the open, and the U.S. can contact me whenever they want," he told Geo TV in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Saeed said the U.S. government had a problem with the Defence of Pakistan movement against drone attacks, adding that his presence had never caused any problems for Pakistan.

Saeed said the Pakistani Supreme Court had cleared him and his organization of wrongdoing in relation to the Mumbai attacks.

"The U.S. government is listening to the Indian lobby and not making its own decisions," he said, condemning the attacks in Mumbai.

The "wanted" notice announcing the large bounty for Saeed, 62, was posted on the website of the U.S. State Department's Rewards for Justice program late Monday.

The program was established in 1984 and has paid some $100 million to more than 70 people for information about terrorists. Rewards go as high as $25 million for information on al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The State Department calls the program "one of the most valuable assets the U.S. government has in the fight against international terrorism."

Spokesman Mark Toner said the reward was for evidence that would implicate Saeed.

"I think the announcement speaks very clearly to the fact that we're looking for evidence that can withstand judicial scrutiny against this individual, information that can be used against him to convict him in a court of law," Toner told reporters Wednesday.

Saeed's bounty is one of the highest offered by the reward program, on par with the sum pinned on Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

It comes at a time when the U.S.-Pakistan relations are strained and the United States is expected to ratchet up pressure on Islamabad to take action against Saeed, a former professor of Arabic and engineering. He helped found Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a radical Muslim organization that aims to bring about Islamist rule in parts of in India and Pakistan.

The group's military wing, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, which means army of the pure, is blamed for violence in the disputed territory of Kashmir aimed at liberating Muslims.

After the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba began operating outside Kashmir. It is suspected of carrying out several high-profile attacks in India in the past few years.

The United States labeled it a "foreign terrorist organization" in December 2001, and under pressure from Washington, Pakistan banned the group in 2002. But the group continues to function freely.

In November 2008, terrorists stormed locations throughout Mumbai, killing scores of people and taking hostages. Six American citizens were killed in the carnage.

The Indian government has issued a notice with Interpol against Saeed in relation to his alleged role in the attacks. India accuses him of participating in the training of the gunmen in the Mumbai attack and has charged him in absentia.

Muhammad Yahya Mujahid, the spokesman for Jamaat-ud-Dawa, said theU.S. bounty was yet another attack on Islam and Muslims.

"The only thing these American actions will do is create a more passionate hate for America in the hearts of Muslims," he said.

CNN's Nasir Habib and Moni Basu contributed to this report.

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  1. KaYco

    Hey guys, I'm a liberal and I like supporting a president who hasn't kept ONE promise during his 2008 campaign "Change". He is such a good president doing so many things like putting his feet up on his desk in the "white" house... (its called whitehouse for a reason) and ummm putting are country even more in debt and omg I'm also loving the $6.00 a gallon gas prices its like a dream come true. – your average liberal.

    April 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Reply
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    u are not getting any evidence, we have concluded an investigation we knwing fully well that he is a culprist.

    April 6, 2012 at 3:01 am | Reply
  3. Plal

    Hafiz Saeed is protege of Pakistan's Army and Spy Agency ISI and his militant organization LeT was created to wage war against India and lately against USA. On the instruction of his masters he organised the massacre in Mumbai,India(which included death of 6 US citizens also).This has been well established by the confession of David Headly in US courts and Ajmal Kasab in Indian court.His involvement on attacks on US troops in Afghanistan is also well known.Pakistan is not going to act on any evidence against him forwarded by US and India and he needs the same treatment which was given to Osama Bin Laden, who lived in Pakistan for decades but was not convicted by Pakistani court for his well known crime against humanity.This scum of society needs extra ordinary justice.

    April 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Reply
    • fio deus

      Prove him unequivocally guilty first.

      April 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  4. fio deus

    I beloved Israel used proxies to carry out Mumbai, in the hopes of turning the UN against Pakistan, but mainly India and USA, the people with soldiers on its borders.

    We know that mossad and shin bet do this type of thing often enough.

    April 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • rick

      Your posts which we now know are based on your "beliefs" instead of any hard evidence are absurd. btw, "unequivocal" proof is not the standard of proof required in the US for criminal convictions. you must have hit the hookah early this Friday along with "sam" or is that you too?

      April 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
      • Osiris

        Dude, your the dumb lookin motherfukker if your saying that Israel doesn't do false flag shit.

        USA Liberty bitchhh...

        We get you back for that one, you zionist fukks...

        April 7, 2012 at 3:26 am |
  5. i am sam

    Israel is a proven terrorist state, that has carried out aggressive actions against their own allies, not to mention innocent civillians.

    White phosphorous... Bomblets in lebannon..

    And AIPACS enourmous influence in American politics.

    That is the face of true terrorism. DON'T SUPPORT PRO ZIONIST POLITICIANS!!

    April 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
    • rick

      you'd rather americans support underwear bombers. shoe bombers, times square car bombers, child murderers, church bombers in Nigeria, arab killers in sudan, shia killing sunni and sunni killing shia in syria, libya, iraq, yemen, and palestinian rocket launchers and bus bombers and you think you are entitled to the support of americans because you are such nice guys? In your dreams!

      April 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply
      • Osiris

        USS Liberty

        Enough said, you fukking traitor...

        April 7, 2012 at 3:29 am |
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    April 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  7. concrete plunder

    Just one question , if a guy brakes the law in one city do the cops call a city in another country to ask if he can be charged and held in custody ?

    Justice now a days can come in the form of crushing resolve from above.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • fio deus

      He was an active duty soldier in a war zone, that is not to be compared to a domestic incident.

      Attrocities occur in EVERY war. This is the fault of the commanders and leadership, telling your troops that the afghans are sub human.

      April 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
      • rick

        only in the mind of a terrorist could the terrorist bombing in Mumbai be considered an act of war. It is actually an act of the worst cowardice and greed for paradise. at least we know who is posting

        April 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm |

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