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US looking for evidence to put JuD terror chief Saeed behind bars

Washington, Thu, 05 Apr 2012 ANI

Washington, Apr 5(ANI): The United States has said it was looking for evidence to put terrorist and Jamaat-ud- Dawa(JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed behind bars.

US State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said his country was assisting Pakistan to nail Saeed.

He said the US had intelligence and information but not "concrete evidence" - as demanded by Pakistan, to prosecute Saeed for his alleged role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

"We are trying to get information that can be used to put this gentleman behind bars," The Daily Times quoted Toner, as saying.

Pakistan had earlier said it would 'prefer concrete evidence' against Saeed rather than engaging in a public discussion on the matter.

"In a democratic country like Pakistan, where the judiciary is independent, evidence against anyone must withstand judicial scrutiny," Foreign Office spokesperson Abdul Basit said.

The US State Department also sought to clarify the reward on Saeed, saying that the former was offering money not for his capture, but for information that would allow for his prosecution.

"We all know where he is - you know, every journalist in Pakistan and in the region knows how to find him - but we're looking for information that can be usable to convict him in a court of law," Toner said.

He denied that the United States was trying to put across new demands to Pakistan.

"It's not to put pressure on any one government. But we wanted to be able to provide Pakistan with the tools that they need to prosecute this individual," Toner said. (ANI)

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