USA urges Pakistan to re-arrest Hafiz Saeed

26 November, 2017, 01:30 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Hafiz Saeed head of the Pakistani religious party Jamaat-ud-Dawa greets his supporters at a mosque in Lahore on Friday

Saeed has repeatedly denied involvement but had previously been detained twice briefly following the attacks.

"If Pakistan does not take action to lawfully detain Saeed and charge him for his crimes, its inaction will have repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistans global reputation", Sanders said in a statement, reflecting the Trump administrations outrage at Saeeds release.

The JuD Head and LeT Founder, who has a United States dollars 10 million American bounties on his head for terror activities, was freed by Pakistan yesterday.

Pakistani terrorist leader Hafiz Saeed greets a supporter.

In a statement Saturday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the U.S.

In an expected move after his release, Hafiz Saeed addressed his followers during Friday prayers at the JuD headquarters warning Pakistan government against taking "dictation from foreign masters" to appease India.

Saeed vowed to gather people's support throughout the country for the "cause of Kashmir" and try to help Kashmiris get their "destination of freedom".

Often a guest on conservative television talks shows, the popular jihadist still attracts large crowds with his anti-American and anti-Indian diatribes in rallies and protests.

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In June 2014, Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) was declared a foreign terrorist organisation by the US.

"We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting", Trump had said at that time as he unveiled his new Afghan strategy, adding: "No partnership can survive a country's harbouring of militants and terrorists who target United States service members and officials".

Islamabad-Washington ties deteriorated during Trump's first months in office.

The family's release, prompted President Trump to comment, "This is a positive moment for our country's relationship with Pakistan".

The Dawn report says that Hafiz Saeed accused India of "funding and fueling terrorism and extremism in Pakistan" and claimed that evidences were available to substantiate this.

In August, he warned that Pakistan had "much to lose" if it failed to cooperate with the U.S.in neighboring Afghanistan. In 2010, he told The Independent: "They make me out to be the biggest and most evil terrorist".

For years, the Pakistanis have been blamed by the US for not doing enough in their counterterrorism efforts to end the Afghan war - the longest military engagement in America's history.

Pakistan-US ties could be affected if Islamabad does not act to rearrest and prosecute a mastermind of the deadly siege in India's Mumbai almost a decade ago, the White House warned on Saturday. Islamabad has rejected the criticism, saying it has also suffered being an ally of Washington in the war against terror.

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