NEW DELHI- Pakistan today said it needs "hard evidence" to put Hafiz Saeed in jail. "We can't put him in jail just to please everyone," said Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit.

The envoy told journalist about the meeting between Indian journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik and Hafiz Saeed, which has sparked a massive controversy in India. "Our government was not aware of this meeting and nor was the government of India. It was a meeting between two private individuals and nothing more," Mr. Basit added.

New Delhi accuses Saeed, founder of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, of plotting a series of terror strikes in India, including the Mumbai attacks in 2008 that caused 166 casualties. Mr. Vaidik's meeting with Hafiz Saeed left the ruling BJP facing opposition attacks in the Parliament.