JuD chief Hafiz Saeed dubs Nawaz Sharif a traitor

Marie Harrington
November 26, 2017

"Saeed's release, after Pakistan's failure to prosecute or charge him, sends a deeply troubling message about Pakistan's commitment to (combating) worldwide terrorism and belies Pakistani claims that it will not provide sanctuary for terrorists on its soil", the White House said in a statement. They say that while Jamaat-ud-Dawa may indeed perform charitable activities, it is also a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan militant group which became notorious for strikes on Indian targets, including a 2001 attack on its parliament in Delhi.

Pakistani terrorist leader Hafiz Saeed greets a supporter.

India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Saeed's release confirmed once again the lack of seriousness by the Pakistan government in bringing to justice perpetrators of terrorism, including individuals and entities designated by the UN.

"Saeed's release, after Pakistan's failure to prosecute or charge him, sends a deeply troubling message about Pakistan's commitment to combatting worldwide terrorism and belies Pakistani claims that it will not provide sanctuary for terrorists on its soil", she said. This was following the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks which claimed 166 lives, including six American nationals. "I want to tell you that you were ousted from power because you committed treason for trying to develop close relations with Prime Minister Modi, who is the killer of hundreds of Muslims", Saeed said in aFridayprayer sermon at the Markaz Al-Qadsia in Lahore.

Pakistan has been detaining and freeing Saeed off and on since the attack.

"We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting", Trump had said at that time as he unveiled his new Afghan strategy, adding: "No partnership can survive a country's harbouring of militants and terrorists who target U.S. service members and officials".

Pakistan frees Hafiz Saeed, alleged mastermind of Mumbai attacks
US calls upon Pakistan to arrest and charge Hafiz Saeed 'for his crimes'

Saeed's release could once again sour USA relations with nuclear-armed Islamabad, which had seen an apparent improvement after the rescue by Pakistan's military of American hostage Caitlan Coleman and her family on October 13.

Last month, however, the Trump administration appeared to revise its hard line against Islamabad.

The family's release, prompted President Trump to comment, "This is a positive moment for our country's relationship with Pakistan".

Washington is also seen to have let Pakistan off the hook with the US Senate recently dropping a provision that had hitherto tied US funding to Islamabad's concrete actions to curb LeT operations as well. "Recent statements of Saeed are simply a re-articulation of the agenda of terrorist constituency which thrives across the border", the official said.

He is a United Nations and US-designated terrorist.

For years, the Pakistanis have been blamed by the USA 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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