Hafiz Saeed walks free in Pakistan, US wants him arrested

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Hafiz Saeed speaks with supporters after attending Friday Prayers in Lahore, Pakistan November 24, 2017. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

A day after India lashed out at Pakistan for the release of Lashkar-e-Taiba’s chief and Jamaat-ud-Dawah’s founder, Hafiz Saeed, the US administration also expressed “deep concern” and called on the government of Pakistan to ensure that he be arrested and charged for his crimes. This is quite different from the past, as on previous occasions, Washington’s response was not so fast.

A statement issued by Heather Nauert, spokespersone for the US State Department in Washington DC and distributed by the US embassy in Delhi said: “The United States is deeply concerned that the leader of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) Hafiz Saeed has been released from house arrest in Pakistan … LeT is a designated foreign terrorist organization responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians people in terrorist attacks, including several US citizens The Pakistani government must ensure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes. ”

The statement also said that in May 2008, the United States Treasury Department designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224. “Saeed was also appointed individually by the United Nations under the UNSCR 1267 in December 2008. After the Mumbai in November 2008. An attack in which six US citizens were killed, LeT and several of its front organizations, leaders and operatives remain under sanctions from both the State Department and the Treasury Department. offered a $ 10 million dollar reward for information that brings Saeed to justice, “he said.

The statement came hours after Saeed’s release from house arrest. In a one-hour sermon on Friday at the JuD headquarters, Saeed warned the Pakistani government not to take “dictates from foreign teachers” to appease India. “The ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif was punished for abandoning the Kashmiris, Sharif is expelled from the house of the prime minister because he committed treason with Kashmiris, he wanted friendship with India and completely ignored the cause of Kashmir,” he said.

Saeed said he would gather people throughout Pakistan for the “cause of Kashmir” and would try to help the people of Kashmir get their “destiny of freedom.” In warning the Pakistan Muslim League (N) government not to bow to the international community in search of loans, he said: “The rulers should not take dictation from the US and other countries and make their own decisions. “, He said.

The Interior Ministry said on Friday that the release of Saeed and his comments on Kashmir before the anniversary of the Mumbai attacks in 2008 are nothing more than a new articulation of the agenda of terrorists who have “prospered” on the other side of border.
Affirming that Jammu and Kashmir “is and will continue to be an integral part” of India, he said that such repeated statements by terrorists have received an appropriate response on the ground from both the law enforcement and village agencies. of the state.