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Pak still mum on US decision to put bounty on Hafiz Saeed's head

April 4, 2012 - Islamabad

Pakistan has given very little reaction to Jamaatud Dawa's decision to initiate legal consultations to determine if it can challenge the US announcement of a 10 million dollar bounty on its chief Hafiz Saeed in the international court, saying they have no official information in this regard.

"We have not received any official communication in this regard," Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik told Geo television.

"I cannot comment on it until there is official verification. Let us say that if it is confirmed, then we can ask them on what basis the bounty has been announced," Malik added.

According to The Express Tribune, Malik added that he has requested the foreign ministry for confirmation.

Jamaatud Dawa has said that it's legal experts would soon meet to consider initiation legal consultations to determine if it can challenge the bounty in international courts.

"Our legal experts will soon meet to consider if it is possible, we will use this option, though we don't take this seriously," JuD Information Secretary Hafiz Muhammad Masood said.

Masood, however, did not explicitly say whether the JuD would also challenge the decision in an American court.

"We don't expect justice from them. For Americans, they consider a person innocent unless proven guilty, but for Muslims, they think of them as guilty unless proven innocent," he added.


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