We need hard evidence against JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed: Rehman Malik



New Delhi: Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday virtually rejected India's demand for action against 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed on the basis of dossiers provided so far, saying "hard" and "substantive" evidence is needed to arrest him.

"There is a difference between information and evidence. If I am given hard evidence now, if it is substantive, documentary or any material, before I leave for Pakistan, I will order his (Saeed) arrest," Malik, who is on a three-day visit, told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

He said if India had provided hard evidence against Saeed, founder of terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), nobody could have stopped Pakistan from acting against him.

"I have got him arrested earlier on three occasions and if you see the court order which I can also make them public... So, if our court asks us not to arrest him, tell me what is the fault of the executive," Malik said.

He said this does not mean that no action would be initiated against Saeed in the absence of it.

"The investigation is on. The moment we see some kind of connection we will surely act," he said.

On the issue of pending trial against perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Malik said Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had forcefully put his point of view during the talks.

Malik said he also agreed that they should be punished swiftly.

PTI