Hafiz Saeed a terrorist leader designated by UN, US: Trump admin

PTI Washington | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on November 23, 2017

Hafiz Saeed is showered with flower petals as he walks to court before a Pakistani court ordered his release from house arrest in Lahore, Pakistan on November 22.   -  Reuters

The head of the banned JuD outfit has been under detention since January this year.

Hafiz Saeed is a terrorist leader designated by both the United Nations and the United States, the Trump administration has said, after a Pakistani court ordered the release of the Mumbai terror attack mastermind and JuD chief from house arrest.

The head of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) outfit, who carries a bounty of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities, has been under detention since January this year.

The US is aware of media reports that a Pakistani court ordered the release of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader Saeed from house arrest, a State Department spokesperson told PTI when asked about the decision of the Judicial Review Board of Punjab province which refused to extend his detention.

Responding to a question, the State Department was quick to express its displeasure over the potential release of Saeed from house arrest.

In May 2008, the United States Department of the Treasury designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224, the spokesperson said. “Saeed was also individually designated by the United Nations under UNSCR 1267 (UN Security Council Resolution) in December 2008 following the November 2008 Mumbai attack,” the official said.

The LeT and several of its front organisations, leaders, and operatives remain under both State Department and Treasury Department sanctions, the State Department official noted. “The US reiterates its stance that the 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,” the spokesperson told PTI.

The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned LeT which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai terror attack in which 166 people, including six Americans, were killed.

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Published on November 23, 2017
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