US bounty on Hafiz Saeed: Pakistan demands proof supporting allegations

Published: April 4, 2012
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The US announced a reward worth $10 million for the capture or any information leading to the capture of Saeed. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

The US announced a reward worth $10 million for the capture or any information leading to the capture of Saeed. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Proof supporting allegations levelled against founder of banned group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Hafiz Saeed should be provided to Pakistan, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Wednesday.

The US announced a reward worth $10 million for the capture or any information leading to the capture of Saeed, making him one of the most wanted persons in the world.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson further added that the judiciary in Pakistan is free and take decisions according to the constitution.

Saeed, earlier responding to the US bounty during a press conference in Rawalpindi said that he will be in Lahore tomorrow and the US can contact him whenever it wants. “The bounty is always set on people who are in hiding… There is no case against me in any American court,” he maintained while terming the bounty absurd.

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  • asif zafar
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:45PM

    Will america like it if the pakistani government announces bounty on american congressman Dana Rohrabacher?

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  • Paras Vikmani
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:46PM

    Pakistan should this drama and send him to India or US.

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 7:48PM

    Hafiz sb Zindabad , We all are with you :)

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 7:51PM

    Hafiz Saeed sb is very very respectable for me and for our whole nation , he has great serving not only for Islam but also for Pakistan , from the earth quake of northern areas to flood of western part. Hafiz sb We love you :)

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  • true_blue_pakistani
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:53PM

    Maulana Hafiz an Pakistani asset. Even with some proofs we never give him to America. Let America dare to touch him. Now time has come for Maulana Saeed to take leadership of PTI along with Imran Khan.

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  • Blithe
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:58PM

    Pakistan needs to take a tough stand.

    US cannot declare bounty on its whims and fancy .
    Further, if it is Hafiz now , it’ll be those parliamentarians opposing
    NATO supply route next.

    This is not a joke. US is known to be involved in cluster killings.

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  • Harry Stone
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:58PM

    @asif zafar:

    Excellent idea. I bet the outcome of this would do wonders for PAK

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  • Mirza
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:02PM

    @truebluepakistani:
    LOL, you cannot be serious, are you? I did get a big chucke out of your post though! On a serious note if the US provides proofs then our ISI would go after the people who have helped them gather the proofs just like Dr. Afridi.
    Regards,
    Mirza

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  • Mubashir
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:04PM

    Question: Was Hafiz involved in Lashker Toiba? If true what where it’s aims and activities?

    Question: Was Hafiz involved in Mumbai attacks? If true, where is the evidence?

    If both or one of the above is true, then Hafiz, claiming to be a man of religion, must NOT deny and stand up like a man for what he believes/done.

    Unless We are provided with verifiable proof let us stay neutral.

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  • Umer
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:09PM

    wow, as expected terrorist rescue mission begins.

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  • Bhindian
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:11PM

    Someone once said if you repeat a lie loud enough and often enough people will believe it and it seems this has worked well for India, they managed to convince US that Hafiz Saeed is a terrorist even though they have no proof at all.

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 8:13PM

    Foreign Ministry spokesperson further added that the judiciary in Pakistan is free and take decisions according to the constitution.
    Then why judges run away or hide after giving judgements against criminals? Why witnesses are not forthcoming against Karachi criminal gangs?

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  • Zeta
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:16PM

    whoever or whatever he is, US has absolutely no right to put bounties on foreign nationals
    I may not side with Hafiz saeed on other occasions but i am completely with him for this one.

    This is ridiculous and completely outrageous

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  • Cautious
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:20PM

    Those words are pretty much the same as what the Taliban were using concerning OBL after 911 – and just as hollow.

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  • ALI AHMED
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:23PM

    Hafiz Saeed is like lion of Pakistan. A lion who never afraid of India, America & Israel infact came infront of media with brave attitude, giving the message to other, dare to ask, always challenged the blames and myths of enemies in every field and is proved innocent by Pakistani courts. At the time when suicide bombs were on peak, hafiz Saeed came forward and announce fatwa against suicide attacks on muslims even on innocent non muslims, he believes in education for males and females as well, he is running a wonderful NGO, providing free food, education. Sheltar and hospitalized cure, treatment both muslims and non muslims with no differentiate between them. How can America bear this beautiful personality who is muslim fundamentlist, extremist, extreme compassionate, lover ?

    Hafiz sahb qadam barhao hm tumharay sath hain……

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  • Babloo
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:25PM

    Do you think that Osama Bin Laden could have been convicted by any Pakistani court ?
    Even if the courts werfree ( a dubious assumption ) , the state would not collect and provide the evidense to the court.
    Thats exactly the reason why the 26/11 perpetrators are not going to be convicted in Pakistan while Headley ( Daood Gilani ) is already convicted and sentenced by Chicago court while his accomplishes in Pakistan are free.

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  • Abubakar Khalid
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:30PM

    for a country who’s deficit is more than $15 trillion they sure seem to don’t care much about the money and keep throwing it around on useless and baseless things. Currently borrowing money from China, making China even a stronger country than it would be had US not borrowed all this money from it. Can someone make sense out of this for me and explain to me HOW DOES THIS WORK???

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  • Reddy
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:39PM

    @Zeta:as long as he keeps his extracurricular activities to pakistan,nobody gives a damn about what pakistan doing with him or his ilk, once you start to mess with the other countries you need to face the music and moreover hafiz saeed become a wanted figure from the days of parliament attack in India.

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 8:40PM

    Vienna,April 4,2012
    The proof is in the pudding.But Hafiz Saeed has already
    eaten the pudding at Rawalpindi Hotel press conference
    as the corps of journalists were sharing witnesses.When
    the pudding will be put out by chemistry it gets changed
    sir! Advantage point for Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Baalakrishna

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  • reasonable
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:43PM

    @Bhindian:
    Mate it applies to you too!!!

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  • ashok
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:44PM

    USA has decleared this bounty of Pakistan Rupees 95 CRORES ($10 MILLION) for the INFORMATION leading to Hafiz’s ARREST and CONVICTION; it is not for killing him.

    Any Pakistan can be richer by sharing clear evidence against Hafiz; Some one in Pakistan army may be enticed by this offer as they did in case of Aimal Kansi or many other terrorists wanted by USA. Did Pakistan asked USA then about the proof? I guess not.

    As far as setting him free by the Pakistan courts is concerned, no court in Pakistan has found guilty any of the 600 plus terrorists arrested by the ISI and convicted. This includes those who attacked GHQ. So stop talking about the mortals in Judiciary who are scared of their lives just by seeing any low ranking Jehadi, not to talk about Amir-e-jehadi Hafiz Sayeed who has been hand in gloves with ISI since last 20 plus years.

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  • reasonable
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:46PM

    @Zeta:

    If you kill people from India they may keep quite but same thing cannot be said of US they will extract their pound. You

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  • Syed Shah
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:51PM

    Lets announce a bounty of US$ one million on capture of George W. Bush for making this world less livable and causing the deaths of millions in Afghanistan, Iraq and also Pakistan.

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  • Pollack
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:54PM

    @Blithe: “Further, if it is Hafiz now , it’ll be those parliamentarians opposing
    NATO supply route next.”

    Excellent idea!! They should give you a part if the reward just for unintentionally giving a brilliant idea!

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  • Raj - USA
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:57PM

    Hafid Saeed is quoted:

    “There is no case against me in any American court,”

    Total lie. He is wanted in the US court in connection with the killing of two American Citizens in the Mumbai Attacks. Summons have been served on him. This reward is for information leading to his capture or information leading to his capture. US wants to capture him, collect his voice samples and prove his involvement in the Mumbai attacks. As far as the protection of its citizens and conviction of culprits who harm US Citizens anywhere in the World, US laws extend worldwide. Yes, if Hafiz Saeed is proved innocent, he shall be released, but Hafiz Saeed cannot avoid his presence in the US courts and collection of his voice samples as evidence to prove his involvement in Mumbai attacks. US Government takes its obligation to its Citizens very seriously. Remember Ajmal Khansi. He was brought back to USA for conviction by US Court. He was officially handed over to USA by Pakistan Government. Pakistan Government accepted right of US to legally try offenders of US citizens in US Courts and a precedent has been set. With this demand from Pakistan for proof, US shall demand Pakistan allow and facilitate collection of voice samples of Hafiz Saeed. Musharaffs book “In the Line of Fire” details the number of Pakistanis who were handed over to US by Pakistan Government to face charges in USA. If Pakistan does not allow or facilitate collection of Hafiz Saeed’s voice samples, there would be consequences.

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  • claude
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:58PM

    Comments here are very surprising saying Hafeez does not have evidence against him and thus can’t be sentenced.

    10 M$ are precisely for such evidence which will lead to his conviction, and probably even in a Pakistani court which does not seem to have enough means to collect such evidence by itself.

    Why everyone is assuming that it is for the head of this man?

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  • Pollack
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:59PM

    @Abubakar Khalid: “Can someone make sense out of this for me and explain to me HOW DOES THIS WORK???”

    Sure. if I owe you a little money, I am in trouble but if I owe lots of money, you are in trouble. That’s how it works.

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  • Harry Stone
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:00PM

    @Zeta:
    Oh come on, PAKs are huge believers in national honor and sovereignty. Is this not what this is about? A PAK citizen is believed to have been involved in the murder of Americans in India from a terrorist action conducted by your fellow countrymen. America takes this very seriously and wants justice. Do you think America or any American would get justice in PAK.? If you do then I think you should do more research on Raymond Davis.

    So Sir, the US has every right to do this.

    Equally your nation has ever right to protect him. Recommend

  • Ayesha Khan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:07PM

    @Bhindian: “Someone once said if you repeat a lie loud enough and often enough people will believe it and it seems this has worked well for India,”

    Why has it then not worked for Pakistani lies about Jammu and Kashmir? The fact is that your quotation is not how life works. In 2007 even Americans did not beleive the WMD story regarding Iraq. So why 4 years later India’s story is being believed by the world? Only because it is true.

    While some people maybe misled in short term eventually truth always prevails. In India we say Satyameva Jayate.

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 9:09PM

    Pakistan is in no position to “demand” anything. As far as international law is concerned Pakistan is in violation of the binding post-9/11 UNSC resolutions forbidding states to harbor terrorists and terror-training camps; the fact that Pakistani laws don’t conform to this standard doesn’t make a difference. As a state in violation of UNSCR 1373 Pakistan has no sovereignty in this matter.

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  • SAK
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:23PM

    We love Hafiz Saeed. Great man.

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  • Hero
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:27PM

    @Paras Vikmani: Send the Samjhota Express criminals to us.

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  • Hero
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:42PM

    @Raj – USA: Where are the evidences ?

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  • Apr 4, 2012 - 10:20PM

    Ok USA! Let me tell you the information you require….He’ll be in Lahore tomorrow. Now where is my $10M?

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  • Zaphie
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:22PM

    To all my Indian brothers…We’ll talk about Mumbai attacks after we’re done talking about Kashmir. Hafiz Saeed may well be a terrorist but he didn’t murder 47000 people (figure stated by Indian PM which I believe is incorrect) and raped thousands more.

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  • Raj - USA
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:40PM

    @Hero:
    Read my comments carefully. USA has record of his entire telephone conversation with the terrorists who attacked Mumbai. They used US company Vonage, a voice over internet data provider, to make the calls from Pakistan to the terrorists when the attacks were in progress and on-going. They used voice over internet protocol thinking it could not be traced. India could not have traced. Vonage recorded the entire conversation and gave it to US authorities. The conversation lasting over several hours is a live commentary of the terror attack as it was happening in Mumbai. India did not have the power or determination as US to force Pakistan provide voice samples of Hafiz Saeed. US is not like India. If Hafiz Saeed’s voice samples matches with the voice on the conversation recorded by USA, it would prove that it was indeed Hafiz Saeed who was in contact with the terrorists and instructing them when the terror attacks were in progress. It is important that voice samples have to be collected properly for forensic analysis. It cannot just be obtained from his TV pr public speeches. It must be collected scientifically and in a proper and acceptable way. India had recordings of intercepted telephone conversation of Musharraf during the Kargil attack. But, as it did not have voice samples, Musharraf kept on denying that the voice on the record is not his. Many in Pakistan may not be even aware that India has requested for voice samples of Hafiz Saeed and that Pakistan has refused to Provide it, or even that Hafiz Saeed’s entire conversation with the terrorists as the terror attacks were happening have been recorded. Hafiz Saeed would not have expected that his telephone conversation over internet would be recorded. Recommend

  • Hero
    Apr 4, 2012 - 10:48PM

    @Raj – USA: Provide the evidences to Pakistani courts if they are real. Does America have courage to do so ?

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  • Babloo
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:01PM

    @Hero,
    The inflated Kashmir death figures you quote includes
    1. Hindus killed by Militants in Kashmir
    2. Muslim non-seperatists killed by Militants ( most of them punjabis from Pakistan ) in Kashmir ( they make up 70% of deaths )
    3. Militants killed by security forces ( thats only 20% of total militant related deaths in Kashmir )

    Pakistani propoganda will take you no where, except make things even worse for Pakistan.

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  • Bombay Dude
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:07PM

    @ALI AHMED: A Lion who himself never dared to cross border in India and take upon Indian army which according to him does atrocities on kashmiri muslims. Hmmmmm……yes sir he is a lion, and I am not afraid of lions anymore.

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  • Bombay Dude
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:14PM

    @Abubakar Khalid: USA is a country which stil is world power despite it’s $15 trillion deficit ….tells much about how long they can sustain. Pakistan will become immediate begger if just USA and only USA stops all sorts of funds to Pakistan. Being brave is one thing, being a mad and foolish chest thumper infront of a sole power who spared your life for quite many times and had been baring you in extremely difficult circumstances is seriously dumb. Japan pricked USA during world war 2 and USA nuked it twice not just once and it’s generations are still born with multiple defects. And those were older genartions nuke. The nukes possessed by current Indian and Pakistan is of lesser kiloton then ones used in Hiroshima. One nuke from USA on Pakistan will leave no generation behind to suffer but just a new grand canyon which will become a tourism spot and will be flagged as ground zero for world peace, because after that there will be no terrorism in any part of the world. So this scenario and the fact that this is much more possible than you really think should be enough . I am just amazed and impressed by your madness to challenge USA and think that just because USA is not making any harsh decision means that you are a David standing against Goliath. Legends never repeat, so stop dreaming and be real for your own sake and better or at least some future.Recommend

  • let there be peace
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:20PM

    It is job of Pakistan to investigate and find ‘proof’ in ‘their own country’ , not to ask other countries (and when given proof, saying ‘its literature’).
    Or else Pakistan should hand over its administration, government and police system to India or America. we’ll investigate and find proof.
    Shameless .

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  • Babloo
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:44PM

    Of the average 2,000 dead in Kashmir violence in last 23 years ( 1989-2012 ) consist of

    Civilians killed by militants. This makes 60% or more of the casualities.
    a. Muslim civilians , who do not support the seperatists , make the majority of civilians killed. Many prominent kashmiri muslim leaders of too have been killed by seperatist militants.
    b. Hindu civilians : These are targetted killing of Hindus, that has resulted in Kashmiri Hindus fleeing from the Valley of Kashmir. Over 300,000 Kashmiri Hindus have fled the valley.
    Militants killed.
    a. Militants from Pakistan Punjab , make 60-70% of militants killed in Indian Kashmir.
    b. Militants from Kashmir.
    Security personnel killed

    The government numbers are fairly accurate , as India is a democratic state, Jammu and Kashmir has a judiciary and police thats 90% Muslim Kashmiris in the valley. So records are provided by them.

    Bye the way, Indian government does not have state funded militants groups that wreck violence , as compared to many state sponsored actors and groups in the neighbouring country. Mr Hafeez Saeed just happens to be a ‘state sponsored actor’.

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  • Babloo
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:47PM

    Bye the way, violence in Kashmir in 2011-2012 , is at a 22-year-low, lower than almost any part of Pakistan and parts of India.

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  • Truthbetold
    Apr 5, 2012 - 12:27AM

    @asif zafar:

    “Will america like it if the pakistani government announces bounty on american congressman Dana Rohrabacher? “

    Did Rohrbacher train terrorists and send them to Pakistan to kill civilians?

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  • phudu mehkma taja hawaldar
    Apr 5, 2012 - 12:42AM

    @truebluepakistani: Ohhhhh yeSSS man, ba khuda, wa Allah, now time has come for Maulana Saeed to take leadership of PTI along with Imran Khan and establish the Khilafat Rulel. Recommend

  • Harry Stone
    Apr 5, 2012 - 1:24AM

    @Hero:
    We both know this would be a great waste of time. Now if your position is that PAK has done nothing up to now and will not do nothing so going forward, then we can agree. That PAK has chosen this path is of course it’s right as a sovereign nation. There is no requirement for the US to provide PAK with anything as it would appear as far as PAK is concerned he has broken no laws. The US feels he is envolved in the murder of Americans which is in fact against American law. Therefore the American judical system will deal with this just as the PAK judical system chose to how to deal with Raymond Davis.

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  • Nasir
    Apr 5, 2012 - 3:14AM

    @let there be peace: At least there are a few of my fellow paks left with some common sese such as yourself

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  • Raj - USA
    Apr 5, 2012 - 3:24AM

    @Hero:
    Pakistani Courts ? The same court that has not convicted even a single terrorist who has been charged and produced before the court by Pakistan Security Agencies for killing Pakistanis within Pakistan. Yes everyone knows about Mumtaz Quadri. One great service Quadri did for Islam was to send the Judge who convicted him on a life long Haj Pilgrimage with his family.

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  • M
    Apr 5, 2012 - 3:40AM

    @asif zafar
    The world is trembling in its boots at the very thought of a bounty issued by the powerful nation of Pakistan

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  • I Bleed Green
    Apr 5, 2012 - 4:25AM

    @Raj – USA:
    Haha dude, as a musician whose job involves audio sampling in many forms, some of your presumptions are astounding. You’re assuming that all intelligence agencies are operating without any audio engineering advice. To analyze and match 2 voices, all you need to do is take a sample from any source, for example a video of Hafiz Saeed speaking (even as LQ as Youtube will do) and run it through a spectrum analyzer with the intercepted conversation simultaneously. At some point, if the visualized waveforms start overlapping, you have your man. If I know this, you think the CIA doesn’t?

    Also, in case you didn’t know, Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces, Barry Obama can order a drone strike on anyone, anywhere in the world extra judicially, why isn’t he doing it here? I suspect he knows they don’t have much of a case on him, so the best they can do is make it look like the Pakistani establishment (18 years and I still have no idea who that is lol) is sheltering Saeed ala Taliban sheltering OBL. Hmm…this is all happening very quickly.

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  • Raj - USA
    Apr 5, 2012 - 7:34AM

    I must admit what you say on the voice samples and the technical aspects sounds convincing. However, India has asked for voice samples many times and probably in each dossier. Chidambaram had personally and directly asked Rehman Malik to provide voice samples of Hafiz Saeed. Every time Pakistan has refused to provide the voice samples. So, there is more to it than the technicalities you have explained and my assumptions may not be entirely correct too. The important point is that Pakistan has repeatedly refused to provide voice samples. Pakistan could have provided voice samples at least to prove Hafiz Saeed is not the same person on the recordings.

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  • Apr 5, 2012 - 8:45AM

    @Paras Vikmani:

    India should hand in Narendra Modi for killing Muslims. There are lot of proof about him. I have seen vidio footage of the guys saying they kill muslims on the orders of Narender Modi. Pakistan’s independent court did not charge Hafiz Saeed.

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  • Apr 5, 2012 - 8:57AM

    @fayazuddin:

    I have not seen any judgement against any criminals so there is no reason Judges have to hide or run away. I remember one judge went for Umra and people were saying he ran away. The gangsters all belong to political parties, who will give evidene against them. If they have then they would have convicted.

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  • Apr 5, 2012 - 9:03AM

    @Babloo:
    When OBL was in Afghanistan Mullah Umar said to US give us evidence of OBL’s involement and we will hand him to US. US did not provide any proof. I hope Pakistan will say the same thing if he get caught (Zardari regime will hand him for sure).

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  • Apr 5, 2012 - 9:09AM

    @Reddy:
    What proof India has about him. Nothing otherwise they would provide it. Now when Pakistan delegation went to India to interview Kasab, they did not let to talk to him. What India is hiding? If they think Kasab kill so many people then why they not let him interview Kasab. How the court convict the other people? India just want to keep pressure Pakistan thats all.

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  • Apr 5, 2012 - 9:19AM

    @Raj – USA:
    Musharraf clearly stated that he hand in any foreigners(Saudi, Yemeni, Tajiks etc) caught iwhose govt does not want to take them. No Pakistani were handed in. If US provide evidence he will tried in Pakistani court.

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  • Apr 5, 2012 - 9:28AM

    @Babloo:

    Dont you think there is no Indian propaganda in this. Of course it is. Indians are brain washed with Indian media propaganda.

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  • Babloo
    Apr 5, 2012 - 5:23PM

    @Milkek,
    When the judicial commission went to India, it was agreed that they would record the statements of the judges and officials ONLY. They were not going to re-try the case or cross examine the witnesses , which only Indian judges can do.
    There were no surprises. Its Pak media that fed lies about ‘not being allowed to question Kasav’ , when it was fully agreed no such thing was on the cards. What Pakistan is doing is just drama-baazi.

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  • ALI AHMED
    Apr 6, 2012 - 10:57AM

    @Raj – USA

    “He is wanted in the US court in connection with the killing of two American Citizens in the Mumbai Attacks”

    Very funny…. There is no proof that the Mumbai Attacks were committed by Hafiz Saeed then how can America put the responsibility on Hafiz Saeed for this?????. When there is no proof, the litigation against Hafiz Saeed for killing two Americans itself don’t exist…………(Common sense)

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  • Zaleem Singh
    Apr 24, 2012 - 12:20PM

    One night they will come and take your asset or repect in form Saeed…Hahahahahahaha

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