US bounty on Saeed will put pressure on Pak: Nikam



New Delhi: The United States' announcement of USD 10 million bounty on Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD) chief Hafiz Saeed would put pressure on Islamabad to take action against the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, said the prosecutor in the case.

"I am sure that this action of US will put pressure on them (Pakistani authorities) to take recourse to legal action," Ujjwal Nikam, who is special public prosecutor in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case, told PTI.

"This action of America has vindicated Mumabi police investigation that Hafiz Saeed was the mastermind behind the November 26 terror attack," he said, while elaborating that the lone surviving Pakistani terrorist Mohd Ajmal Amir Kasab had given the judicial confession before a magistrate disclosing the role of Hafiz Saeed in the criminal conspiracy.

Nikam, who was in the Supreme Court for a hearing on the appeal in the Mumbai terror attack case, said this evidence, along with other circumstantial ones, was furnished to Pakistan but their investigating agency did not accept them and refused to prosecute him on the grounds that "this was not sufficient."

"If American investigating agency finds sufficient evidence for awarding 10 million dollar bounty, then why Pakistani investigating agency even failed to arrest and charge sheet Saeed?," he asked.

PTI