Pakistan rejects Indian claim on evidence against Hafiz Saeed
ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) on Friday rejected Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna’s remarks that India has provided adequate proof linking Jamatud Dawa (JD) chief Hafiz Saeed to the Mumbai attacks.
Reacting to comments made by Krishna in Bangalore, FO spokesman Abdul Basit said India had not given “any solid and significant evidence” against Saeed.
The spokesman also said, “Action can only be taken on the basis of solid evidence.”
Krishna had said that India had provided adequate proof linking Hafiz Saeed to the Mumbai attacks.
“There is nothing concrete and maintainable. From its own Mumbai trial experience, India knows well that hearsay cannot substitute for hard evidence,” the spokesman said.
“It is only the latter that can withstand judicial scrutiny,” Basit added.
Krishna told the media in Bangalore that information provided by Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram to Pakistan contained “every detail of Hafiz Saeed’s involvement in the planning and execution of the terrorist attack on Mumbai”.
Krishna said, “No amount of denial would exonerate them [Pakistan] unless there is a judicial inquiry into the whole episode whereby responsibilities can be fixed.” The exchange over Saeed came just two days before President Asif Ali Zardari’s planned visit to India, where he will meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over lunch before going to the shrine of Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer.