Pakistani scoffs at new U.S. bounty on him

Robet Mackey reports: As my colleague Declan Walsh reports, the United States announced on Monday that it is offering a reward of up to $10 million for “information leading to the arrest and conviction of” Hafiz Saeed, a Pakistani militant leader accused of orchestrating the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Theoretically, the American bounty should make information about Mr. Saeed’s whereabouts as potentially valuable as the home address of the Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar, who is rumored to live in Pakistan. Unlike the Taliban leader, though, Mr. Saeed lives openly in Lahore and even managed to attend a protest in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, last week, frustrating efforts by the police to keep him from attending.

A separate reward of up to $2 million was offered for information leading to the capture of Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, Mr. Saeed’s brother-in-law, which moved him in to 39th place on the American list of most valuable militants.

Within hours of the American announcement, Mr. Saeed mocked the idea that he and his relatives are in hiding by saying in a telephone interview with Al Jazeera: “We’re not hiding in caves for rewards to be set on finding us. We are addressing hundreds of thousands of people daily in Pakistan.”

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