Islamabad: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah
Mahmood Qureshi Sunday said there was need for "legally tenable
evidence" to nail JuD chief Hafiz Saeed in the Mumbai terror
attacks, contradicting India`s stand that it provided enough
evidence for his prosecution.
"To pin someone down not only do you require evidence,
you require legally tenable evidence," he said when asked on
India`s dossiers on Saeed`s role in 26/11 carnage.
He said the Supreme Court of Pakistan is "independent and
we have to respect the judgement of the judiciary".
Last week, Pakistan`s Supreme Court dismissed appeals by
the government against Saeed`s release from house arrest for
want of evidence, in a setback to India`s efforts to nail him
for his involvement in the Mumbai attacks.
Qureshi, however, said Pakistan would take every effort
to dismantle terrorist networks and that it would not allow
its soil to be used against anyone.
"...I want to say is we are victims as anybody else. What
you saw in Lahore yesterday was a very tragic incidence. We
are facing these terrorists and we are fighting them and we
will take this fight to its logical conclusion and we will
defeat them," he told `Times Now` channel.
Qureshi stressed the need to bridge the "trust deficit"
between the neighbouring countries and hoped to hold
discussions with his Indian counterpart soon.
"Yes, there is a trust deficit, we have to bridge it. We
have to find a way of bridging this trust deficit. We also
have to find a way of building confidence and that is exactly
I intend to do in the days to come.
"The two Prime Ministers have given the responsibility to
the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan to bridge the
trust deficit," he said.