India must give hard evidence for arrest of Saeed: Rehman Malik

Published: 17 December, 2012 09:14 IST | Agencies |

Pakistan is awaiting 'substantial evidence' from India to act against Lashkar-e-Taiba founder and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafeez Saeed, Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik said.

“We need substantial evidence — still waiting for that,” Malik said at a function organised by the Observer Research Foundation. He said Pakistan can act against Saeed only if India’s evidence can stand up in court.

Blame game: Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik blamed non-state actors for the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Pic/AFP

He said Saeed had been arrested on three occasions but released on court orders owing to “insufficient information”. India has been pressing Pakistan to take action against those involved in the Mumbai terror attack of 2008 which killed 166 people.

‘Jundal an Indian agent’
Malik, who ended his three-day visit, also blamed non-state actors for the Mumbai terror attack of 2008 people and stoked a controversy by stating that Abu Jundal, an accused in the case, ‘worked as a source for (an) elite agency of India’.

“We have non-state actors, you have non-state actors,” he said, adding it was important to tell the truth “so that we find a way forward”.

Malik said a proposed visit by Pakistan’s judicial commission to India to cross-examine 26/11 witnesses would help expedite the conviction of the seven arrested in Pakistan in connection with the Mumbai attack. He said there was “irrefutable evidence” against them in the Pakistani court.

Malik said India can set the terms for the visit of the second judicial commission. During his stay, Malik also visited the shrine of the 14th century Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and prayed for a ‘harmonious relationship’between India and Pakistan.

“I prayed to Allah for a harmonious and peaceful relationships between both countries.”

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