Published: Thu, November 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Freeing Hafiz Saeed may bring LeT into mainstream

Freeing Hafiz Saeed may bring LeT into mainstream

On January 31, Saeed and his four aides - Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain - were detained by the Punjab government for 90 days under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and the Fourth Schedule of Anti- Terrorism Act 1997.

The US State Department also said that it was displeased by the Pakistani court's verdict to release Saeed from house arrest.

"We are overjoyed to announce that after waiting for 10 long months, our chief will finally be free", Jamaat-ud-Dawa's information secretary, Nadeem Awan, said in an interview.

"The US is aware of media reports that Pakistan (court) ordered release of Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed from house arrest", a US state department spokesperson told PTI on Wednesday.

She said Saeed is a UN-sanctioned individual terrorist who leads a UN-sanctioned terrorist organisation and alleged that Pakistan does not see fit to follow through on its obligations to uphold UN Security Council terrorist designations.

Here, in India, nobody expected Pakistan to punish Hafiz Saeed, nor was it expected that the Pakistani authorities would submit any concrete evidence against him in court. "This is a victory for the independence prevailing in Pakistan and I am fighting for the case of independence of Kashmir".

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"In the process, they (the US) may have inadvertently made the Pakistani think that the United States only wants action against the Haqqani network and not against groups like LeT that are acting against India", he said.

In the video, he says that "despite the representatives of governments and ministries all going against his release the judges decided against them".

Saeed is scheduled to be released on Thursday.

"All this said, we should not overstate the impact this move will have on US-Pakistan relations", Kugelman said. He has repeatedly denied his role in the Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed.

"LeT and several of its front organisations, leaders, and operatives remain under both State Department and Treasury Department sanctions", the official added.

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