Ahead of two key bilateral meetings in New York, Pakistan on Friday sought more time to investigate the role of detained JuD chief Hafiz Mohd Saeed in the Mumbai terror attacks but claimed that India has so far provided it with only "leads" and not "credible tangible evidence".
"The only request which I am making to India is give us credible tangible evidence, which can stand the test of the court. But, I am not rejecting those leads, what I am saying -give me some time to investigate," Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik said. "... we are on it. If we get some material evidence we will do it," he told NDTV in New York.
Stating that "there is a difference between leads and evidence," Malik, who is here as part of the Pakistani delegation to the UN General Assembly, said that "trust always comes when you interact. I think there is a block because India is not coming on the table, if they come on the table, I'll be able to satisfy (them) with number of things."
"If we can arrest (Zakiur Rehman) Lakhvi (LeT operations chief), why should we not arrest Hafiz Saeed? ... If we get some material evidence we will do it," Malik said, noting that two FIRs have been registered against the JuD chief by Faisalabad police under the anti-terrorism act for inciting people to wage 'jehad' and collecting donations for the same.