- Mexican train carrying 1,300 migrants headed toward U.S. derails
- Secret Service begins regular K-9 patrols around White House
- Pentagon’s human memory-chip program moves forward
- Obama blasts GOP, ignores immigration crisis in Texas speech
- Marine Warfighting Lab tests the Godzilla of amphibious assault vehicles
- Harry Reid: Birth-control ruling the worst Supreme Court decision in 25 years
- Vet suicides ‘horrible human cost’ of VA dysfunction: lawmaker
- First marijuana customer in Spokane says he was fired
- Hagel: ‘Make no mistake,’ ISIL is an ‘imminent’ threat to U.S.
- Armed militia sets up Texas command center to ‘fight for national sovereignty’
Pakistan wants U.S. proof of extremist’s guilt
Question of the Day
Pakistan wants "concrete evidence" against an extremist leader who taunted the U.S. at a press conference outside Islamabad on Wednesday, one day after the State Department placed a $10 million bounty on his head.
Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, who founded the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, has been accused of planning the 2008 attacks Mumbai that killed 166 people, including six American citizens.
The State Department on Tuesday announced a $10 million reward for information that would lead to Mr. Saeed's arrest. It also offered a $2 million bounty on Mr. Saeed's brother in law and Lashkar-e-Taiba's deputy leader, Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki.
"I am here, I am visible. America should give that reward money to me," Mr. Saeed told reporters in Rawalpindi on Wednesday, according to an Associated Press report.
"I will be in Lahore tomorrow. America can contact me whenever it wants to," he added.
Meanwhile, a Pakistani official said his government would like "concrete evidence" against Mr. Saeed and Mr. Makki.
"Pakistan would prefer to receive concrete evidence to proceed legally rather than to be engaging in a public discussion on this issue," said Abdul Basit, a spokesman for Pakistan's Foreign Office, in a statement provided to The Washington Times.
Mr. Basit said that in a democratic country like Pakistan, where the judiciary is independent, evidence against anyone must withstand judicial scrutiny.
The U.S. has designated Lashkar-e-Taiba as a terrorist group. The group re-emerged under the banner of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a charity that is widely acknowledged to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Mr. Saeed, who heads Jamaat-ud-Dawa, lives in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore and travels freely around the country.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
- Boko Haram takes credit for abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls, threatens to sell them
- Al Qaeda core degraded, but 'more aggressive' affiliates still pose threat to U.S.
- Political uncertainty and violence in first Iraqi election since U.S. withdraw
- Egypt judge sentences 683 Islamists to death over Morsi-tied violence
- Doctor's killing in latest Afghanistan attack puts NGOs in crosshairs
TWT Video Picks
Senate majority leader practices politics of personal destruction
- Armed militia sets up Texas command center to 'fight for national sovereignty'
- HUSAIN: The fake caliph of 'The Islamic State'
- IRS employee suspended for pro-Obama activities
- GOP aims to sue Obama first over health care employer mandate
- Amid border crisis, Obama to take 15-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard
- Facebook allows 'Kill Kendall Jones' page, but deletes her game hunting photos
- MARTIN: Iraq without Nouri al-Maliki
- Trial: dengue shot offers some protection
- GOP: Lerner warned IRS employees to hide information from Congress
- Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi denied freedom by Mexican judge
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq
World Cup's sexiest WAGs
U.S.-Ghana World Cup opener