Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

US' strong retort after Pak PM's "no case against Hafiz sahib" statement

US' strong retort after Pak PM's

The US has said that Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack, should be prosecuted to the "fullest extent of the law" as Washington regards him as a terrorist.

Abbasi, in a recent interview Geo TV, said that there was no case registered against Saeed in Islamabad and without it, action can not be initiated against him. "Action is taken when there is a case registered (against someone)", he said, in an interview to Pakistan's Geo News.

"Pakistan has to fulfill its worldwide obligations and demonstrate seriousness in taking action against such global terrorists and not hide behind flimsy excuses", Kumar said.

The United States reiterated Friday morning its prior call to Pakistan to prosecute Hafiz Saeed - the accused mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks - a senior administration official said in a press briefing.

Pakistan has been made aware of the US' reservations, she added. "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.

Washington has sent a message to Islamabad to act against Saeed, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

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Hafiz Saeed, who was in November set free from a 300-day-long house arrest, has been repeatedly accused by the USA and India of masterminding the 2008 attacks on the Indian financial capital that killed 166 people.

The US has labelled JuD the "terrorist front" for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a group Saeed founded in 1987. "So, I just want to remind people of that, of who this individual is, and make it clear that we have addressed our concerns with the Pakistani Government", said Nauert. "You know the news that we had that came out a couple weeks ago about our decision to withhold some of the security funding for Pakistan", she said.

Hafiz Saeed is showered with flower petals as he walks to a Pakistani court in Lahore. "It's considered a foreign terror organization by the U.S. Government for a reason and for a good reason.I hope they'll do the right thing", said Nauert last month, referring to the Pakistan government.

Pakistan may be confused about Saeed, but the U.S. is not.

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