Pakistan rebuffs US bounty for militant leader


RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan says the U.S. must provide "concrete evidence" if it wants Islamabad to act against a militant leader Washington has placed a $10 million bounty on.

Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit says that any evidence against Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, would have to withstand judicial scrutiny.

He said Wednesday that this legal route would be preferable to the public discussion sparked by the U.S. bounty announced a day earlier for information leading to Saeed's arrest and conviction.

Saeed taunted the U.S. during a defiant news conference close to Pakistan's military headquarters Wednesday.