No India role in putting up bounty on Jamaatud Dawa head: US

Published: April 4, 2012

Spokesperson Victoria Nuland says that the US has maintained communication with Pakistan on arresting Hafiz Saeed. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

WASHINGTON: Pentagon spokesperson George Little says that groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba remain a threat to people in South Asia and to the US.

Speaking to reporters at a press briefing at the Pentagon, Little said that from the US perspective, the Lashkar e Taiba is a very dangerous group that has mounted operations externally. “This is a very serious issue for us and that is why you saw this announcement,” said the Pentagon spokesperson. He added that the Pakistani government understands the United States’ long standing concerns about Lashkar-e-Taiba.

In response to a question on co-operation with Pakistan, Little declined to get into specific details of their discussions with the Pakistani side, but said that it was on looking for ways to co-operate with the Pakistani military.

Process for reward on Saeed was ongoing for past many months

Meanwhile, US state department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, explaining the delay in a bounty being placed on Hafiz Saeed and his brother-in-aw Abdu Rahman Makki, said that plans were underway for months, but less than a year, to put up the reward on the JuD duo.

She said that the process involves an intelligence evaluation. “There has to be a policy evaluation. There has to be a discussion with Congress. This is a lot of money for the US taxpayer to put up, and so that process takes some time. Things have to be correlated. There is an entire review process. There’s an interagency rewards committee that has to look through this, and then the secretary has to approve it.”

Asked about the how and when Saeed was linked to the 2008 Mumbai attacks, she said “sometimes what happens is intelligence and other information comes later with regards to whereabouts of individuals, which leads one to think that offering a reward might cause citizens who know where they are to come forward.”

“Sometimes that isn’t evident right at the time of the crime, so sometimes it comes up later … over the last few months, that this kind of a reward might hasten the judicial process, if you will.”

Asked whether the prize related to Hafiz Saeed’s defence that he had been whipping up public pressure on the Pakistan government to not reopen the Nato supply route, Nuland dismissed the notion. “No, it has everything to do with Mumbai and his brazen flouting of the justice system.”

She added that the US had been in communication with Pakistani authorities over the fire brand cleric’s arrest.

“We have continued to impress on the government of Pakistan that we believe it has a special responsibility to fully investigate and bring those responsible to justice to the extent that it can. The government of Pakistan has regularly, in our conversations with them, pledged its cooperation in the investigations. We fully expect that it will follow through on those commitments. I would guess that this case probably will come up.”

Asked whether India had any role in the reward being placed on the former LeT founders, Nuland dismissed  it saying the process is internal, and while affected governments are informed of the step, it is not a consultative process.

However, when pressed why the US was offering a reward for a non-American, allegedly involved in activities which have not directly targeted Americans, Nuland said, “well, it’s because we want to see him brought to justice.” While not offering a clear confirmation that the reward had any connection with the deaths of six Americans during the Mumbai attacks, for which India and the US blame Hafiz Saeed, she said that the US was cooperating given US citizen had been killed.

“This is a case that’s been going on for a long time. This is with regard to justice being served on people who have killed Americans, so that there is no impunity for them anywhere in the world.”

Reader Comments (49)

  • Hero
    Apr 4, 2012 - 2:42AM

    Bring any single evidence to prove him guilty otherwise stop barking!Recommend

  • Babloo
    Apr 4, 2012 - 2:46AM

    It has been 36 hours and the foreign office of Pakistan is still silent – waiting for instructions from GHQ i presume.

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 3:17AM

    focus on the timing, the only man who is publicly speaking against NATO supplies when not even Imran khan dares to speak, they know Hafiz sb can become a big hurdle in the resumption of NATO supplies thats why they made their decision at right time.

    Hafiz sb nation is behind u. JUD and Hafiz sb Zindabad.

    Imran khan where are u hiding nation is looking for ur stance on NATO supplies

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  • Muhammad
    Apr 4, 2012 - 3:20AM

    soon someone from PAKISTAN will put a bounty on GEORGE BUSH + OBAMA for killing thousands of innocent Muslims in IRAQ,AFGHANISTAN compared to the “ONLY 6″ Americans killed in Mumbai attacks.Recommend

  • Bhindian
    Apr 4, 2012 - 4:09AM

    Joke of the century

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  • Roflcopter
    Apr 4, 2012 - 4:13AM

    “his brazen flouting of the justice system.” What? Does she even know Hafiz Saeed fought his case in courts and proved innocence?

    “when pressed why the US was offering a reward for a non-American, allegedly involved in activities which have not directly targeted Americans, Nuland said, “well, it’s because we want to see him brought to justice.”I can’t stop laughing at thisRecommend

  • A Ali
    Apr 4, 2012 - 4:23AM

    We have no doubt.

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  • Ali
    Apr 4, 2012 - 4:24AM

    Oh yes, we believe you.

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  • Babloo
    Apr 4, 2012 - 4:29AM

    No matter what the facts are, those people in Pakistan who support the right-wing and have been fed by the establsihment propoganda, will believe that declaring bounty on Hafeez Saeed is a hindu-Christian-Jewish plot against a pure pakistani and not a thug and a vile criminal.

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  • khan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 4:55AM

    good decision… traitors and dangerous guys like sayeed should be either put behind bars for life or put to rest. They have defamed the name of this country in the world and is having the bad omen of thousands of mothers whose child he deliberately put to fire. Shame on these guys, shame on DPC…. another banned group hosting these traitors.

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  • vasan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 6:31AM

    India obviously had a role and will continue to have a role in prosecuting Saeed hafeez, Dawood Ibrahim and their likes

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  • harkol
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:18AM

    Hero:International relations don’t work on the basis of ‘evidence’. It works on the basis of fears, perceptions and interests. Pakistan can choose to keep ‘barking’ up the wrong tree of ‘evidence’. But, it won’t change the perception of any relevant country (including china) that its army is behind the terrorist menace.

    The only way Pakistan can change course is to show the world its goodwill by decimating the capability of the terror groups within its territory. Evidence of such existence is way too much, and such demonstration of intent can start with folks like Hafeez. Alternatively Pakistan can wait for US or some other country to take care of the problem, just as US did in case of Osama.

    There was no ‘evidence’ that was ‘acceptable’ to Pakistan in case of Osama either. Pakistan hosted him, and US took him out.

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  • faizal
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:22AM

    @Hero, they dont bark only, they bite too. Remember how Musharraf changed his tune overnight just with one phone call.? You want to behave entire world is wrong and Pakistan is right but at the same keep begging the world to treat you equally and nicely, even while Pakistan is found playing double games all over, exports terror all over….Keep watching, it is only beginning.

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  • pork
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:29AM

    @Hero:
    he is guilty, and he is terrorist. u believe whatever you want. who cares.

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  • Ayesha Khan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:33AM

    @Hero: “Bring any single evidence to prove him guilty otherwise stop barking!”

    India has provided dossiers full of evidence. Your judges though get death threats and do not convict these terrorists. Isn’t that ISI’s complaint to that no terrorists ae convicted by your courts? Even the judge that sentenced Qadri had to run away from Pakistan.

    Having said that America is not barking, they are actually putting their money where their mouth is and have committed $10 million dollars to back up what they are saying.

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  • akash
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:33AM

    @Hero, there is enough evidence given by India to Pakistan. There is enough evidence already in Pakistan. There are voice samples given, give it to the neutral country if you dont trust us, get it cross checked. The question is whether you people will pursue the leads… investigate and interrogate these terrorists. Lets face it they are no heroes, they have killed innocents.

    But we know you guys wont do anything. May be it needs to start from ordinary people demanding justice for Mr. Bhatti or Mrs. Bhutto and so many other Pakistanis who are suffering.
    Its not about India or USA, this is the way world works. Criminals are brought to justice or handed over the country where they committed the crime.

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 7:47AM

    @Hero:

    How do you know the Government of Pakistan has not received the evidence from India and the US already? Its not like a commoner like you will have access to it.

    UNSC has also labelled him and his organization as Terrorist. They dont do it based on whimsical evidence.

    So, has the Interpol done the same.

    That is why this step was taken. The evidence accepted by UNSC and Interpol is not seemingly enough for Pakistan. After all if he goes to jail so do lot of important people in Pakistan who have supported him.

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  • Bombay Dude
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:04AM

    I sense fear in all of the Pakistani comments above. Good. It is high time you get cure of your illness.

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  • Harry Stone
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:12AM

    @Muhammad:

    That is a great idea. Who do you suggest? PAK? Iran? Who?

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  • HRK
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:22AM

    @khan: The same people who you call traitors and dangerous are the ones who take care of their people in times of floods and earthquakes. He’s been tried and released for not being guilty. I don’t support JuD or Hafiz Saeed, but trying him in an international court would be the proper way of dealing with the issue, especially when he’s ready to face it.

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:29AM

    @Babloo:
    If you were on this side of the border I would have introduced you to some good Pathans. They like little boys called Babloo who have a great sense of humor.

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  • A Concerned Pakistani
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:07AM

    wow 10 million bounty for his alleged involvement in Mumbai attacks. I mean wOwOw!!!

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 9:08AM

    Yes, just like Iraq WMDs, you always tell the truth. Let’s drink more Kool Aid.

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  • romm
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:18AM

    I think, India need something New. There shud be continuity in every activity so that start mourning something new. we give a damn to US and Indies concern. If they could do anything, they should have done right after Bombay attacks.Recommend

  • Indian
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:53AM

    I really doubt if India can exert pressure on USA in putting up bounty, i mean India don’t have a $3 trillion reserve like China, what it have is just a goodwill..but if it has really did it, salute to Indian government.

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:06AM

    Shame on PPP govt for not standing up against this foolish move by US.

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  • Pragmatist
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:10AM

    @Hero: “Bring any single evidence to prove him guilty otherwise stop barking!”
    For some, no amount of ‘evidence’ is enough. For them, the holocaust never happened, 9/11 was an inside job, Mumbai – the same. Honestly, nobody is looking for Pakistani approval here. How many terrorists have been convicted in Pakistan? Zero? It would seem that Pakistan is the only place in the world where there are no terrorists !! The days of ‘barking’ are over now. The Americans have started ‘biting’.

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  • Pragmatist
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:10AM

    @RizwanTKhan: What do you mean by “standing up against” this move? Americans have designated Hafiz as a terrorist. There ends the matter. What has that got to do with your “standing up” or sitting down?

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  • Ravi P
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:10AM

    It’s not about who killed who, it is against humanity to kill. This must be stopped, otherwise we all will end up our valuable lives hating each other. Be it US, India or Pakistan. High time for Pakistan to act and stop the terrorism on its own soil at least. Not only it is impacting the world, but their own countrymen.

    How much bounty would be sufficient for a terrorist group head? It’s just an incentive for achievement of a greater cause.

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  • Ashvinn
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:23AM

    how dare US of A meddle in the internal affairs of Pakistan?Sure he is no saint, he is a great leader of Pakistan attacking him would considered attacking Pakistan and Islam

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  • Truth
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:29AM

    @ Khan: can u please let me know what he has done wrong? please speak with some arguments, if he had done something wrong prove it in the court of law otherwise u r just helping american and indian cause unknowingly.

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  • Pollack
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:40PM

    @Bhindian: My guess is that this joke of the century will be delivered by a American drone.

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  • Jp
    Apr 4, 2012 - 1:12PM

    @HRK:
    He has been released not because of lack of evidence but because he is the Establishment’s baby (WMD) and they want him to be released. If you are so sure that he is innocent then why dont you hand over this case to any international jury like UN

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  • MarkH
    Apr 4, 2012 - 1:13PM

    @Ashvinn:
    Internal? You can’t be serious.

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  • Dronacharya
    Apr 4, 2012 - 1:16PM

    I am anxious when he will be visiting FATA for conducting jalsa?????

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  • Foqi
    Apr 4, 2012 - 1:34PM

    “No India role in putting up bounty on Jamaatud Dawa head: US” now thats FUNNY……

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  • nrmr44
    Apr 4, 2012 - 2:15PM

    Rightfully, any bounty of this sort should have come from India first. I think the only reason it did not is that India knows it does not have the administrative capacity to process 10m Pakistani claims for $1 each.

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  • Kashmirian
    Apr 4, 2012 - 2:24PM

    Unintes States is a country that is a foe disguised as a friend, they think that all the people in the world are stupid like them and dont have common sense to figure out the motives of their actions. This bounty is a clear manifestation of their efforts to please india and at the same time put pressure on pakistan to make it bow down to their demands.

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  • Salman
    Apr 4, 2012 - 4:09PM

    The title of this news is quite funny.

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  • Indian
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:52PM

    So, we can expect attack like Abbotabad style. :) That’s the only solution. We don’t want to waste time in drama’s(submitting evidence and rejecting by Pakistan)

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  • HRK
    Apr 4, 2012 - 6:21PM

    @Jp: That’s the point. You go ahead file a case against him in international court and he’ll go ahead and face it, as per what he has said. As for him being establishment’s baby, his counterpart Narendar Modi is also in the same shoes; why don’t you guys him up for what happened in Gujrat? Oh wait, that genocide never took place, did it? Or should we blame Hafiz Saeed or ISI for that too?

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  • 66
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:10PM

    @HRK:
    I dont get people like you. Narendra Modi has not preached hate against any other nation. Yes he was the chief minister of a state where riots occured where he might have or might not have been directly involved. His prosecution is an internal matter for India. If you have evidence of Narendra Modi being involved in an operation in Pakistan then you can go an file a case against him related to terrorism. Narendra Modi is also an elected member, he isnt some self appointed protector of hinduism. If you want to file a case against him based on human rights violations go ahead but there are enough people in India who hate Modi to do that. There is no evidence linking him directly to the riots. Also if Narendra Modi was so evil to the people of Gujrat then he would not have won elections twice after the riots (where he also won in areas dominated by muslims). No body has blamed ISI or Hafiz Saeed for the riots. How you link both of them only your warped mind can explain.

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  • Hero
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:32PM

    @pork: Proof ? Go to International court and fight your case against him.

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  • HRK
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:34PM

    @66: Double standards, eh? The reason why you don’t get people like me is that you have been brainwashed by your pathetic media that quotes things out of context and misinforms your masses. Hafiz Saeed is a social worker whose party has been very active in helping out the poor, the needy and natural disaster affected people. Just like Modi, there is no evidence linking him directly to Mumbai attacks! If he were involved, he would have been in some Indian jail just like Kasab. Also, just like Modi, if he were so evil, he wouldn’t have opted to face court trial so many times and come out clean nor would so many people love him for his services to humanity. Also, if you choose to actually hear him speak instead of relying on your substandard, hate-mongering media, you’d get to know that he suggests solving Indo-Pak problems through dialogue, not war.

    P.S. linking riots to Hafiz Saeed and ISI was something called “sarcasm”, depicting how your nation is too fast to blame us for anything that goes wrong.

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  • Rakib
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:57PM

    @66:

    @HRK:

    Even as comparisons between Saeed & Modi are completely misplaced, if compelled to do so I would rate conduct of Narendra Modi in 2002 to have been worse than that of Hafiz Saeed of 2008. A CM’s standards have to be always higher, hence, a vicious common-man Saeed compares favourably against the vindictive chief minister of one of the better developed states of India. The Pakistani as a private citizen holds no position in the government; he may be a cleric or a criminally dangerous trainer of terrorists. For criminal acts he will have to face the consequences and I hope he does get the most severe punishment.. A Chief Minister OTOH is expected to be a responsible person who should not allow anyone to go on a spree of vendetta against a section of his own population whatever be the provocation. The Indian-greater sinner of the two-held a position under Constitution of India which he had sworn to preserve but he mocked at it. He was under oath to protect not only those that voted for him but also that did not but he jettisoned those finer principles for expediency in the very birthplace of Gandhi by allowing the goons & murderers & arsonists a free hand for 72 hours to do as they pleased with the Muslims. That he improved in the latter years should not cause undue gratitude in the hearts of those whose tormentor he was barely a decade ago.

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  • pakistanibaloch
    Apr 5, 2012 - 12:11AM

    *hafiz sahab is real hero *

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  • antanu g
    Apr 5, 2012 - 12:31AM

    US can be very hillarious on occasions without being amusing. what about a bounty is offerred for the head of george bush for killing millions of iraqis over imaginary WMDs? it is also sad to read the comments from fellow indians…they seem to have lost every sense of logic…when it comes to pakistani affairs. fine let US finish with pak then it will turn to india…and i hope medi and his likes are alive till then.

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  • Harry Stone
    Apr 5, 2012 - 5:02AM

    @Kashmirian:

    I agree Americans or at least their government is stupid to consider PAK an ally.

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Apr 5, 2012 - 10:16AM

    I advise you US’ leaders please protect and secure USA and US’ citizens from the enemies by living within USA not by living in any other countries.

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