Pak PM Gilani says more evidence needed to arrest Hafiz Saeed

Last Updated: Sun, May 13, 2012 07:00 hrs

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said there isn't enough evidence to arrest alleged Mumbai 2008 attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed.

"If you arrest him, that means he will be released by the courts. For the courts you need more evidence. You know the judiciary is completely independent in Pakistan," The News quoted Gilani, as saying.

Gilani, who is in London to review one-year progress on Pak-UK Strategic Dialogue Process, also adamantly denied the presence of Ayman-al-Zawahiri in Pakistan, adding that the U.S. has failed to provide any "actionable information" to suggest otherwise.

He said: "Why should I think he (Zawahiri) is in Pakistan? The CIA and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency were co-operating closely. They should work together and if there is any credible, actionable information, please share with us so that we should catch hold of him."

"You have claimed that somebody has said that he (Zawahiri) is in Pakistan: if there is any information, please share with us," he added. (ANI)

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