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Pakistan turning blind eye to evidence against Hafiz Saeed: MEA

Pakistan can’t act aginst Hafiz Saeed sans proof US told again Pakistan turning blind eye to evidence against Hafiz Saeed: MEA
Nellie Chapman | 20 January, 2018, 05:04

A couple of days after Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in an interview to a Pakistani channel said that action can only be taken against Hafiz Saeed if there is a case registered, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Friday while slamming Pakistan said, "We regard him as a terrorist, a part of a foreign terrorist organization".

Pakistani authorities let Saeed go from a house arrest in November previous year due to lack of evidence, much to the USA administration's frustration. "So we've been very clear about our displeasure with that individual being let go, and that's why we like to remind people that there is a $10 million Rewards for Justice program out for him", Nauert had said.

"We believe that this individual should be prosecuted".

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Friday, "We regard him as a terrorist, a part of a foreign terrorist organisation".

The US State Department criticised Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's move to support Saeed.

The spokesperson said the USA administration believes Saeed was the mastermind behind the terror attacks in Mumbai that killed many people, including Americans.

While talking to reporters at her daily news conference yesterday, Nauert emphasised that USA regard him as a terrorist, a part of a foreign terrorist organisation. The UNSC sanctions list includes the names of Al-Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan , Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the JuD, the FIF, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other organisations and individuals.

"That's something that we've been very clear about all along".

Nauert said the entire administration is on the same page on the issue of US-Pakistan relationship.

At the briefing, a Pakistani journalist referred to recent news reports about a top US general assuring Islamabad that the current tensions in US-Pakistan relations were temporary and that US forces had no intention to attack alleged terrorist sanctuaries inside Pakistan.

The United States reiterated its demand for Pakistan to take legal action against Jamat-ud-Dawaa chief Hafiz Saeed, who India accused of plotting 2008 Mumbai attack.

"Oh! There is plenty of evidence". Saeed was also individually designated by the United Nations in December 2008 following the November 2008 Mumbai attacks in which six American citizens were killed.

The JuD and four of his aides were detained in January 2017 after the government told a court they presented a threat to peace and security.