India expresses outrage over Hafiz Saeed's imminent release
Says Hafiz Saeed's release is an attempt by Pakistan to 'mainstream' UN-proscribed terrorists
India yesterday expressed "outrage" over Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's imminent release from detention, and dubbed it as an attempt by Pakistan to "mainstream" UN-proscribed terrorists. The Ministry of External Affairs said this confirms the "lack of seriousness" on Pakistan's part in bringing terrorists to justice and its nefarious designs to shield and support non-state actors.
Hafiz Saeed, head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, gestures outside a court in Lahore, Pakistan, on Wednesday. Pic/AP
"India, as indeed, the entire international community is outraged that a self-confessed and UN-proscribed terrorist is being allowed to walk free and continue with his evil agenda," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told a press conference here. Describing Saeed as the "prime organiser" of the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Kumar said the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head is also responsible for unleashing numerous other terror attacks against Pakistan's neighbours.
"His release confirms once again the lack of seriousness on the part of the Pakistani government in bringing to justice perpetrators of heinous acts of terror, including by individuals and entities designated by the UN."It also appears to be an attempt by the Pakistani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists. It is evident that Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non-state actors and its true face is for all to see," Kumar said.Saeed will soon walk free after a Pakistani judicial body yesterday ordered his release from house arrest, in a setback to India's efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Saeed, who carries a bounty of USD10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities, has been under detention since January.
166 No of people killed in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks
Lawyers of the Jammu Bar Association (JBA) held protests against Pakistan yesterday against the release of Saeed. Lawyers of the JBA assembled at the High Court complex and held a demonstration. They also raised slogans and tore Pakistani flags and later set them afire.
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