Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday said that Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed is an internationally proscribed terrorist who has engaged in numerous terror acts.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday said that Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed is an internationally proscribed terrorist who has engaged in numerous terror acts. Swarup added that Saeed needs to be brought to justice at the earliest. “Our view on Hafiz Saeed is very well-known. He is an internationally proscribed terrorist who is engaged in numerous acts of terrorism not just against India but also at India’s neighbour,” he said while addressing the press.
JuD is the front for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror outfit which is responsible for numerous terror attacks in India, including the Mumbai terror strike of November 26, 2008, which was masterminded by Saeed. The Pakistani government on January 30 this year placed Saeed and four other members of JuD and Falah-e-Insanyat under house arrest for a period of three months invoking Section 11 EEE of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.
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Meanwhile today, Pakistan’s former dictator and president Gen Pervez Musharraf has demanded JuD chief Hafiz Saeed’s release from house arrest, claiming the Mumbai attack mastermind’s outfit was a “very fine NGO” engaged in relief activities. “Hafiz Saeed should definitely be freed. They are not terrorists, they run a very fine NGO, they contribute to relief activities in post earthquake and post floods periods in Pakistan. They run great welfare organisations,” he said. Musharraf told a Pakistani TV channel that Saeed’s Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) charity – a front for Jamaat-ud Dawah – was engaging “religious” youth in relief and welfare activities.
The JuD has already been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States in June 2014. The JuD chief also carries a reward of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities.
(With PTI inputs)