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US Warns Pakistan of 'Repercussions' over Release of Terror Mastermind

27 November, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Huckabee Sanders said Saeed's release "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", adding that, "If Pakistan does not take action to lawfully detain Saeed and charge him for his crimes, its inaction will have repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistan's global reputation".

Saeed was put under house arrest after the Mumbai terror attack in November 2008 but he was freed by court in 2009.

Responding to the India's reaction, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mohammad Faisal in a statement issued late Friday said that "Pakistan remains committed to the implementation of UNSC 1267 sanctions regime and has taken several steps in this regard".

A spokesman for Saeed hailed the release as a "victory of truth", according to the AP, calling the allegations against him "baseless".

Following the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack in which six American citizens were also killed the US Department of the Treasury designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

In an extraordinarily strong statement on the subject, the White House just stopped short of calling Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism+, saying the country's failure to prosecute or charge Saeed, "sends a deeply troubling message about Pakistan's commitment to combatting global terrorism and belies Pakistani claims that it will not provide sanctuary for terrorists on its soil". The statement went on to say that the LeT is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organisation which was responsible for the death of innocent civilians including American citizens. "They play everyone, whether it's China or the terrorists or us".

Jamaat-ud-Dawa, an Islamic charity run by Saeed, said his release was evidence of his innocence.




The US, since 2012, had announced $ 10 million for information that brings Saeed to justice.

In an interview with the BBC, Saeed said the court's decision was proof of his innocence with regard to the Mumbai attacks.

In October, the board had agreed to extend the house arrest of Saeed, which was about to end next week.

"Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been punished for neglecting Kashmiris".

His release came after a panel of judges dismissed a government request to continue his house arrest, which ended Thursday.

Saeed vowed to gather people's support throughout the country for the "cause of Kashmir" and try to help Kashmiris get their "destination of freedom".

The campaign appeared to produce some success this year when Pakistani security forces assisted with the release of a Taliban-held US-Canadian family after five years in captivity.

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