USA rebukes Pakistan over release of alleged Mumbai attacks kingpin
- Author: Ryan Wade Nov 27, 2017,
Nov 27, 2017, 1:06
"The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes".
Saeed had been under house arrest in the Pakistani city of Lahore since January.
Meanwhile, in New Delhi, Ministry of Home Affairs said on Friday that Saeed's release and his comments on Kashmir before November 26 anniversary of Mumbai terror attacks were nothing but re-articulation of the agenda of terrorists who have "thrived" across the border.
Coming on the heels of a similar, but less potent statement from the State Department+, the White House missive suggests President Trump's bare-knuckled style had kicked into action, unconstrained by diplomatic niceties that tie down the Secretary of State.
Saeed was speaking to huge of JuD activists at the Jamia Masjid Al-Qadisa at Chauburji after releasing.
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The statement noted that in May 2008, "the United States Department of the Treasury designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist".
The White House on Saturday came down heavily on Pakistan for the release of its state-coddled Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist+Hafiz Saeed, warning that there will be "repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistan's global reputation" if he is not immediately re-arrested and prosecuted.
The JuD chief, who has a $10 million USA bounty on his head, was freed earlier in the day from 11 months of house arrest by the Lahore High Court, which said there was no evidence to hold him.
India has also expressed outrage at the release, saying it appeared to be an attempt by its northern neighbour to "mainstream proscribed terrorists". LeT is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organisation responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks, including a number of American citizens.
Lashkar-i-Taiba and its leaders remain subject to U.S. sanctions and the government has offered a US$10 million reward for information that brings him to justice.
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Pakistan has been detaining and freeing Saeed off and on since the attacks that left 166 dead, including several Americans.
While some in Pakistan may wish to see Mr Saeed placed on trial, there is widespread suspicion among Indian and United States officials that he still retains close links to the country's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), which has been long blamed for sponsoring numerous cross-border attacks on Indian targets. India pressurized Pakistan through the United States. Sharif is ousted from the prime minister house because he committed treason with Kashmiris.
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".
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.
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