JuD chief Hafiz Saeed dubs Nawaz Sharif a traitor

JuD chief Hafiz Saeed dubs Nawaz Sharif a traitor

Kerry Wise
November 25, 2017

India said Thursday it was outraged at Pakistan's release of Hafiz Saeed accused of organising the 2008 deadly Mumbai attacks that almost brought the nuclear-armed nations to the brink of war.

A Review Board of the Lahore High Court had ordered him to be freed on Tuesday after authorities failed to file any formal charges against him since his house arrest in January this year.

"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". A USA official on Friday said, "The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes".

Pakistan has released a militant wanted by US authorities from house arrest, after a court ordered an end to his detention.

The US State Department said on Friday said it was "deeply concerned" to learn that Saeed had been released. Both the United Nations and U.S. have designated JuD as a front for LeT, and many of its leaders, including Saeed, remain subject to United Nations and other worldwide sanctions.

The release on Thursday of Saeed, who for over a decade lived freely and openlydespite a $10-million bounty offered by the USA government, enraged India and is likely to anger Washington, which have been pushing Islamabad to crack down harder on terrorist organisations there.

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"Thank God, we were vindicated".

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Saeed has denied any link to the gun and bomb attacks in Mumbai that killed at least 160 people.

The ministry of external affairs 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. He also spoke of "Indian atrocities" in Kashmir-where Saeed and his LeT have vowed to wage "jihad" against India to liberate the state from New Delhi's rule. "Pakistan also opposes and condemns acts of terrorism inside Pakistan and elsewhere by India, which claims to be a champion of democracy, and worldwide law". An important aspect that provided Pakistan with a leverage to release Saeed was the US's National Defence Authorization Act 2018.

"The principled and consistent stand of the government is that Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India". I tell him he was ousted because he committed treason against Pakistan by developing friendship with Modi, killers of thousands of Muslims, ' Saeed said. It is the third time that the cleric has been released by courts after Islamabad briefly detained him twice in the aftermath of the attacks in November 2008.

In 2001 he was held for three months when LeT was accused of carrying out the attack on the Indian parliament.

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