No evidence to arrest Hafiz Saeed,says Gilani

Gilani said there was insufficient evidence to warrant the arrest of Saeed

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published: May 14, 2012 12:54 am

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that there is insufficient evidence to arrest Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed and even if the Mumbai terror attacks mastermind was detained he would be released by the courts.

Gilani said there was insufficient evidence to warrant the arrest of Saeed,who moves freely in Pakistan and heads the outlawed Jamaat-ud Dawa. “If you arrest him,that means he will be released by the courts. For the courts you need more evidence,” Gilani told the Daily Telegraph in London. “You know the judiciary is completely independent in Pakistan.”

The US has offered a $10 million reward that could lead to arrest or conviction of Saeed,accused of plotting the Mumbai attacks that claimed 166 lives in November,2008. Gilani also denied reports of presence of al-Qaeda’s new leader Ayman al-Zawahiri inside Pakistan.

“Why should I think he (Zawahiri) is in Pakistan?” he asked.

Noting that the CIA and Pakistan’s ISI were co-operating closely,he said: “They should work together and if there is any credible,actionable information,please share with us so that we should catch hold of him. You have claimed that somebody has said that he is in Pakistan: if there is any information,please share with us.” Asked for his own view on whether Zawahiri was in Pakistan,the prime minister replied: “We don’t think so.”

Appeal of contempt conviction next week
Pakistan Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani will file an appeal in the Supreme Court next week against his conviction for contempt,challenging one of the charges in the judgement that he “ridiculed” the judiciary for striking down a graft amnesty,a media report said Sunday. Gilani’s lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan is drafting the appeal,the Daily Times quoted its sources as saying.

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