Published On: Fri, Nov 24th, 2017

US calls on Pakistan to re-arrest and charge terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed

Washington: The US on Friday said it was “deeply concerned” over the release from house arrest of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed and asked Pakistan to “arrest and charge” him for his terrorist crimes.

Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes

“The United States is deeply concerned that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader Hafiz Saeed has been released from house arrest in Pakistan. LeT is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organisation responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks, including a number of American citizens,” state department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

“The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes,” Nauert said in a statement after the release of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief.

The Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief, who has a $10 million US bounty on his head, was freed after midnight Thursday after 10 months of house arrest following an order from the Lahore High Court.

Saeed, accused by the US and India of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, was placed under house arrest on January this year.

In May 2008, the US Department of the Treasury had designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224.

Saeed was also individually designated by the UN under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December, 2008 following the November 2008 Mumbai attack in which 166 people, including six American citizens, were killed, Nauert said.

LeT and several of its front organisations, leaders, and operatives remain under both state department and Treasury department sanctions.

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