'Arrest and charge Global Terrorist Hafiz Saeed' : US tells Pakistan, uphold India's stand
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 24-Nov-2017
Washington, November 24: Upholding India's stand on the release of Jama'at-ud-Da'wah Chief and Mumbai attack planner Hafiz Saeed, the United States has called for Pakistan to arrest and charge recently freed Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed. House arrest of the mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attack was ended this week by a court.
The official statement by the US State Department says that the US is deeply concerned that Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) leader Hafiz Saeed has been released from house arrest in Pakistan. Strongly reacting to 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed release from house arrest directed by Pakistani Court, the Ministry of External Affairs MEA had said ‘Pakistan's lack of seriousness and termed it as an "attempt by Pakistani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists.”
The US affirms that the "LeT is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks, including a number of American citizens. The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged with his crimes."
The statement says: In May 2008, the United States Department of the Treasury designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224. Saeed was also individually designated by the United Nations under UNSCR 1267 in December 2008 following the November 2008 Mumbai attack in which 166 people, including six American citizens, were killed.
The US statement stresses that the LeT and several of its front organizations, leaders, and operatives remain under both State Department and Treasury Department sanctions. Since 2012, the United States has offered a U.S. $10 million rewards for information that brings Saeed to justice.
Saeed's house arrest began in January. Saeed carries a $10m (£7.5m) US bounty, had been under house arrest in the city of Lahore since January. A Pakistan court this week ordered his release, rejecting the government's arguments that he was a threat to public safety.
The 2008 Mumbai attacks were a group 12 coordinated terrorist attacks that took place in November 2008, when 10 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamic terrorist organisation based in Pakistan, carried out a series of shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai. The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation, began on Wednesday, 26 November and lasted until Saturday, 29 November 2008, killing 164 people and wounding at least 308. For years, Saeed has moved around freely in Pakistan as the head of the Jama'at-ud-Da'wah which terms itself as a charitable organisation but is a confirmed forefront of the terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba.