“Which eggs is Hafiz Saeed laying for us that we are nurturing him?” is the straight question that a Pakistani lawmaker has asked the Nawaz Sharif government. According to a BBC Urdu report, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker Rana Muhammad Afzal has slammed the Pakistan government stating that internationally the JuD chief is seen as a “bone of contention” between India and Pakistan. Hafiz Saeed is the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. “The efficacy of our foreign policy speaks for itself when we couldn’t curtail Hafiz Saeed. India has built such a case against us about the JuD chief that during the meeting on Kashmir, foreign delegates mention him [Hafiz Saeed] as the bone of contention between Pakistan and India,” he reportedly said during a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs.
According to Rana Muhammad Afzal, Saeed’s name was frequently taken in international circles with regards to talks on Kashmir and the Indo-Pak tensions. The lawmaker has said that while he himself had hardly heard of Hafiz Saeed during his 25 years in politics, the JuD chief was considered a “notorious” character in internationally. He questioned whether Hafiz Saeed was good or bad for the Kashmir cause. While supporting the Pakistan government’s stance on Kashmir, Rana Muhammad Afzal slammed that banned outfits are causing embarrassment to the country globally.
The statements by Rana Muhammad Afzal come at a time when the Pakistan government led by Nawaz Sharif has asked the Pakistani Army to crack down on terrorists. Pakistan’s Dawn has reported that in a high-level security meet, the Pakistan government asked military-led intelligence agencies not to interfere if law enforcement acts against terrorist groups.
Seemingly rattled by the increasing global isolation of Pakistan, Sharif has told the country’s all-powerful ISI to crack down on terrorists and end the Mumbai attack trial and the probe into the Pathankot strike — India’s two key conditions to resume peace talks with Islamabad. On Thursday, PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan denounced the government over its failure to curb non-state actors, leading to the country’s diplomatic isolation. While, Pakistan government has dismissed Dawn’s report, speculation is rife that the country is getting jittery about its international position vis-à-vis India.
Meanwhile, a new picture has emerged which suggests the possible connections between Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI and other terror groups. In the picture, one one side can be seen the notorious mastermind of ’26/11′ 2008 Mumbai attacks, Hafiz Saeed, while on the other hand there is Abdullah Gul, the son of former ISI chief Hamid Gul.