India outraged at release of Hafiz Saeed

25 November, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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Saeed, who Washington says is a leader of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) - designated in the U.S. as a terrorist group - was put under house arrest in January following increased pressure on Islamabad to rein in militant groups.

"Lashkar-e-Taiba is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organisation responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks, including a number of American citizens", the State Department spokeswoman said.

"The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes", state department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement in Washington on Friday.

A Pakistani court on Wednesday rejected the government plea seeking to extend Saeed's detention for another three months on the grounds that his release would undermine public safety. Saeed's detention was subsequently extended several times.

The US treasury department had designated Saeed as a specially-designated global terrorist under executive order 13224 in 2008. The US has also put a $10 million bounty on Saeed's head. Saeed allegedly devised the plot in which coordinated gunfire and bombing attacks in Mumbai killed at least 166 people, including American citizens, in 2008.


In 2002, Pakistan banned the LeT as a "terrorist" organisation, and, since 2008, authorities say they have been abiding by United Nations sanctions that subject JuD to an assets freeze, arms embargo and worldwide travel ban.

India expressed its fury at his freedom Thursday, with foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar accusing Pakistan of attempting to "mainstream proscribed terrorists". "I have asked police to deeply investigate into the matter and ensure peace in the city", Akashdeep told TOI.On Friday morning, Kotwali police first received information about 20-25 youths from Begum Bagh celebrating the release of Hafiz Saeed. He further alleged that India is involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan.

On 31 January, Saeed and his four aides Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid, and Qazi Kashif Hussain were detained by the Punjab government for 90 days under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and the Fourth Schedule of Anti- Terrorism Act 1997.

In an interview with the BBC, Saeed said the court's decision was proof of his innocence with regard to the Mumbai attacks.

A JuD spokesman said Saeed had "no links with terrorism" and argued that the United States comments amounted to interference in Pakistan's internal affairs. India had levelled baseless allegations against me.

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