Islamabad, Delhi to share evidence on Saeed: PM

Published: April 9, 2012

Pakistan and India will share intelligence and evidence against Hafiz Saeed on April 16, reveals Gilani. PHOTO: PID/FILE

LAHORE: 

Pakistan and India will share intelligence and evidence against Hafiz Saeed – the founder of banned group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) – on April 16, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani revealed on Sunday.

“We are in the middle of talks with India and on April 16 both countries’ interior secretaries will share their evidences against Saeed,” said Gilani, while talking to the media at his Lahore residence.

“And on the basis of these evidences, which would be sufficient for the courts, further action against Saeed will be taken.”

The exchange of evidences between India and Pakistan’s interior secretaries in the upcoming talks was a policy unanimously adopted, said Gilani, adding that all opposition parties, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), were on board with regard to policy on Saeed.

Regarding the announcement of the $10 million bounty, announced by the US on the LeT chief last week, the prime minister seemed sceptical.

“The US should have directly contacted and provided us [Pakistan] evidences against Saeed instead of using other options.”

Gilani was of the view that according to government policy, the issue of Saeed – who is primarily accused of plotting and executing the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai – is an issue between India and Pakistan which does not concern America.

Zardari’s India visit

Regarding President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to India, Gilani said that after the president’s meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, both countries have taken a step forward in the implementation of the most favoured nation (MFN) status to India.

He disclosed that both the federal commerce and trade ministers have almost finalised their work on the issue of bilateral trade between India and Afghanistan, and it was discussed in the meeting between Zardari and Singh.

This trade agreement seeks permission for Afghanistan to import goods from India through the Wagah border under the Pakistan-Afghan Transit Trade Agreement.

“Progress on balance of trade with India, Pak-Afghan Transit Trade and energy projects with Iran will help the country achieve its cherished goal of stability in the region,” he said.

He said that Singh’s acceptance of invitation to Pakistan has enhanced the relationship between the two neighbours.

Political rhetoric

Regarding the Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) tense relations with the Sharif brothers, Gilani said that he met Nawaz Sharif twice in the last few days and Nawaz displayed “cordial gestures”. On Monday, Gilani will attend the energy conference which is being hosted by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and is hoping that after his meeting, the relations with the opposition party will be “settled”.

On the role of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the politics of the country, the premier said that he had included new director general of the ISI in the two recent political party meetings which were held in Islamabad. However, he asserted that according to his opinion, there shall not be any political cell in the ISI.

Energy crisis

While talking about the country’s energy crisis, Gilani said that his technical team has advised him that India has around 500MW extra electricity which could be imported by Pakistan — a move that will be discussed with India.

He added that the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline will also be implemented as planned.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 9th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • zaid hamid
    Apr 9, 2012 - 11:02AM

    evidence?? what is that?

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  • Apr 9, 2012 - 11:20AM

    A welcome step in the right direction.

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  • Senman
    Apr 9, 2012 - 12:28PM

    I think Pakistanis should be more worried about Hafiz Saeed and his influence in Pakistan Politics, if this guy is Pakistan’s chance at Golden age then God save Pakistan. Indian should be as long as he doesn’t have the guts to do another Mumbai, just keep him on the boiler.

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  • Kaleem
    Apr 9, 2012 - 12:30PM

    I am more pleased with all stakeholders including opposition on board, if thats true. All successful nations put aside their differences on key issues.

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  • Apr 9, 2012 - 1:38PM

    Kasab is the only evidence which they dont wanna share with us, because they don’t wanna get the real story revealed

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  • Roflcopter
    Apr 9, 2012 - 4:06PM

    hahaha good luck with the evidence

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  • kaalchakra
    Apr 9, 2012 - 8:17PM

    Pakistan is never opposed to doing the right thing. But first real and true evidence must be presented. All that is wanted is true evidence, not falsehood.

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  • Thoughtful
    Apr 9, 2012 - 9:13PM

    First he says Saeed is an internal issue, then he says it is a bilateral issue of no concern to the US. Wrong. US citizens were specifically targeted and killed as was the Israeli chabad centre. Numerous other nationalities were killed but The US and Israel iAre persistent.

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  • ashok
    Apr 10, 2012 - 2:02AM

    @kaalchakra:

    Conspiracy to commit crime in Mumbai in 2008 was hatched, financed and master minded in Pakistan and by Pakistani citizens.

    Onus to collect and develop further evidence submitted by India and USA, lies with the agencies of Pakistan.

    Could you elaborate on what a true or real evidence would be in such a case that would be admissible in Pakistan courts notorious for their “weak law of evidence”?

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Apr 11, 2012 - 12:05AM

    Country is bigger than one person. Hafeez Saeed is a damaged goods and its time to right him off.

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