US, India call for prosecution of Hafiz Saeed ‘to fullest extent of law’

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WASHINGTON: The United States and India have called for Hafiz Saeed’s prosecution to the fullest extent of the law following Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s recent remark that no action could be taken against the UN-designated terrorist.

Abbasi, during an interview to Geo TV on Tuesday, had referred to Saeed as ‘sahib’ (sir).

“There is no case against Hafiz Saeed ‘sahib’ in Pakistan. Only when there is a case can there be action,” Abbasi had said when asked why there was no action against Saeed.

Reacting strongly to the comments, US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said the US believes that Saeed should be prosecuted and they “have told Pakistan as much.”

“We believe that he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. He is listed by the UNSC 1267, the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee for targeted sanctions due to his affiliation with Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is a designated foreign terror organisation,” Nauert told reporters at her daily news conference yesterday.

“We have made our points and concerns to the Pakistani government very clear. We believe that this individual should be prosecuted,” Nauert said.

Responding to a question, Nauert said the US has “certainly seen” the reports about Abbasi’s comment on Saeed. “We regard him as a terrorist, a part of a foreign terrorist organisation. He was the mastermind, we believe, of the 2008 Mumbai attacks which killed many people, including Americans as well,” she said.

Saeed was released from house arrest in November. The US has labelled JuD the “terrorist front” for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a group Saeed founded in 1987. LeT was responsible for carrying the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs echoed US sentiments, saying, “If somebody is designated [a] global terrorist, it’s done based on [a] lot of evidence available in public domain.”

“You can close your eyes, pretend nothing happened but they (Pakistan) have to realise what’s in front of them and take action against such people,” said Raveesh Kumar, the ministry’s spokesman.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Donald is the biggest sponsor of Terrorists in the world. He needs to look under his oval office table.

  2. Yes master, right away master – well be real good pakiz from now on master. Master got some spare food he can throw his slaves?
    America is in its slave trade hangover and still thinks it has the ( god given )right to treat people and sovereign nations ( nuclear power nations ) as they did their african slaves, with condescension and outright white supremist hate and racist behaviour. Well, news for uncle sam, this is paksitan baby! Come and live a day in our lives and you’ll see what the average pakistani is. Were a nation 300million strong, each and every1 a soldier, ready to die, but never ready to take orders or bow its head to an opressor such as you!

    • “Were a nation 300 million strong, each and every 1 a soldier, ready to die….” Yes will die of hunger and poverty unless our begging gets results from Chinese and Saudis!

  3. pakistan has been born and raised in a battlefield, every pakistani knows what it feels like when bombs go off, war planes fly over and missiles attack your schools n cities by uiur friends ( america ) and your foes ( india, terrorists ). So if uncle sam thinks its going to scare pakistan/is by witholding aid, or making god like demands – then think again. Pakistanis are fearless. Fear lives and dies in the hope it doesnt offend a paki, becuase it knows what will come next!

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