In a stinging rebuke to Pakistan, the US has cracked the whip against Pakistani obfuscation of facts concerning Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and it is set to heap more humiliation on that country.
In a stinging rebuke to Pakistan, the US has cracked the whip against Pakistani obfuscation of facts concerning Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and it is set to heap more humiliation on that country. More trouble is brewing for Pakistan now as the United States has again raised its demands on Pakistan regarding Hafiz Saeed. The US has now called for the Lashkar-e-Taiba chief’s prosecution. This came after the unacceptable and shocking statement of Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi who said that no action could be taken against the UN-designated terrorist.
In an interview given to Geo TV on Tuesday, Abbasi said that no case is registered against Saeed in Pakistan. What’s even more shocking is that he referred to Saeed as ‘sahib’ or ‘sir’. “There is no case against Hafiz Saeed sahib in Pakistan. Only when there is a case can there be action,” Abbasi said when asked why there was no action against this top terror merchant who has received refuge in Pakistan.
Reacting strongly to the comments of the Pakistani PM, US said 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,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said. “We have made our points and concerns to the Pakistani government very clear. We believe that this individual should be prosecuted,” Nauert added.
Nauert also said that the Hafiz Saeed is considered as a terrorist and as a part of a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States. “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.
Adding more salt to Pakistan’s wounds, US made it clear that Trump Administration expects Pakistan to do a lot more to address terrorism issues. “That’s something that we’ve been very clear about all along. You know the news that we had that came out a couple weeks ago about our decision to withhold some of the security funding for Pakistan,” Nauert said.
This is not the first time that the United States has spoken against Hafiz Saeed. In November last year, the US had asked the Pakistan government to make sure that Hafiz Saeed is arrested and charged for his crimes after he was released by Pakistani authorities from house arrest.