‘Hugplomacy failed,’ Rahul Gandhi slams Narendra Modi over Hafiz Saeed release, US funding to Pakistan

By: | Updated: November 25, 2017 11:33 AM

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday slammed PM Narendra Modi over recent release of 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed and delinking of the Haqqani (terror) Network from the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

'Hugplomacy failed,' Rahul Gandhi slams Narendra Modi over Haqqani Network funding and Hafiz Saeed releaseNarendrabhai, it didn’t work, Terror mastermind is free. President Donald Trump just delinked Pakistan military funding from LeT. Hugplomacy fail. More hugs urgently needed.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday slammed PM Narendra Modi over recent release of 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed and delinking of the Haqqani (terror) Network from the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).  Hafiz Saeed and his four aides Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain were recently released by Pakistan.

“Narendrabhai, बात नहीं बनी. Terror mastermind is free. President Trump just delinked Pak military funding from LeT. Hugplomacy fail. More hugs urgently needed,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted. (Narendrabhai, it didn’t work,  Terror mastermind is free. President Donald Trump just delinked Pakistan military funding from LeT. Hugplomacy fail. More hugs urgently needed.)

The terrorists were detained by the Punjab government in Pakistan for 90 days under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and the Fourth Schedule of Anti- Terrorism Act 1997 on January 31, this year. However, US President Donald Trump’s administration said that Saeed is a terrorist leader designated by both the United Nations and the United States. Saeed, a banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah terrorist, who carries a bounty of $10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities.

Also, days after Hafiz Saeed’s release, United States Congress has passed a bill that requires Pakistan to work with its security forces and the Afghanistan Army to delink the Haqqani (terror) Network from the Lashkar-e-Taiba out (LeT). The House of Representatives and the US Senate on Thursday evening cleared National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2018, which provides about $700 billion for US defence needs in 2018.  The said act also provides $700 million for reimbursing Pakistan for monitoring the Pak-Afghan border, but withholds half of the amount.

Saeed, the rabble-rousing cleric, was released after midnight came ahead of the 9th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed. India has repeatedly asked Pakistan to re-investigate the Mumbai terror attack case and also demanded trial of Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in the light of evidence it had provided to Islamabad. Saeed, addressing his supporters gathered outside his residence said: “I was detained for 10 months only to stop my voice for Kashmir. “I fight for the case of Kashmiris. I will gather the people from across the country for the cause of Kashmir and we will try to help Kashmiris get their destination of freedom”. Punjab province’s Judicial Review Board comprising judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday unanimously ordered Saeed’s release on the completion of his 30-day house arrest which expired last night.

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