USA strongly condemns Hafiz Saeed's release, warns of repercussions for Pakistan

Lucy Bush
November 27, 2017

"The United States is deeply concerned that Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed has been released from house arrest in Pakistan".

The State Department Spokesperson said that LeT is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks, including a number of American citizens.

As the Indian city of Mumbai commemorated the 2008 terror attacks that left 168 people dead, relatives of the victims said Sunday that they're angry Pakistan has released a militant linked to the massacre.

The White House on Saturday said there would be "repercussions" for Pakistan's global reputation and bilateral relations with USA if it does not take action to detain and charge recently freed Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed for his crimes.

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The review board of Lahore High court had recently refused to accept Pakistan government's plea to extend Hafiz Saeed's house arrest saying his release will enhance tension with India.

Pakistan on Saturday justified the release of Mumbai terror attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed while also stating that its government was committed to the implementation of UNSC sanctions regime on terrorists. "It is the responsibility of the Pakistani government to fulfil its global obligations and take action against terrorists like Hafiz Saeed", External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said on Thursday.

Saeed was speaking to huge of JuD activists at the Jamia Masjid Al-Qadisa at Chauburji after releasing.

In May 2008, the United States Department of the Treasury designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224. We've given them billions and billions of dollars, and what did we get? In April 2012, the USA announced a bounty of $10m on Mr Saeed.

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India has repeatedly asked Pakistan to re-investigate the Mumbai terror attack case and also demanded trial of Hafiz Saeed and LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in the light of evidence it had provided to Islamabad.

"Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been punished for neglecting Kashmiris". He had been under house arrest since January 30.

Like much of Pakistan's establishment, Saeed was virulently anti-India, and campaigned against New Delhi's occupation of the disputed territory of Kashmir for years.

With Beijing financing more than US$55 billion (RM226 billion) of Pakistani infrastructure projects as part of China's Belt and Road initiative, some analysts have suggested that Pakistan can to some extent ignore pressure from the US.

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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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