Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Hafiz Saeed is a designated terrorist

Pakistan hasn't changed policy of shielding terrorists: India on Hafiz Saeed release Pakistan mainstreaming terrorists: Outrage India reacts to Hafiz Saeed's release
Lillian Steele | 24 November, 2017, 01:32

"And in case of Saeed, a designated terrorist, it also shows how Pakistan is hoodwinking the worldwide community on the issue of terrorism", a source said. Ministry of External Affairs has blamed Pakistan of harbouring terrorism on their soil.

The Lahore Court on Wednesday refused to extend house detention of JuD chief and the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed. "The military folks over the years have not made the case to me that we should continue military support to Pakistan", Republican Congressman Ted Poe said last week.

Reports state that Pakistan's Punjab government had sought a three-month extension in his detention saying that the country may face worldwide sanctions if the JuD was released from house arrest. American and Indian officials did not immediately comment on the court's order. An official said that the activities of JuD are "already under scanner and action in regard was taken many times in the past but this time we will do so again".

On January 31, 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 Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and the Fourth Schedule of Anti- Terrorism Act 1997.

"We are overjoyed to announce that after waiting for 10 long months, our chief will finally be free", Jamaat-ud-Dawa's information secretary, Nadeem Awan, said in an interview.

Under the law, the government can detain a person for up to three months under different charges but for extension to that detention it needs approval from a judicial review board. India accused Pakistan of sponsoring the attacks through the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which Saeed had founded in the 1990s.

Above: Hafiz Saeed, mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

Calling him "prime organiser" of the Mumbai attacks, New Delhi said this showed that Pakistan has "not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non-state actors and its true face is visible". Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught. In May 2008, the U.S. department of the treasury designated Saeed as a specially designated global terrorist under Executive Order 13224, the spokesperson said.

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