New Delhi, Nov 23 (PTI) India today expressed outrage
over the imminent release of Mumbai terror attacks mastermind
Hafiz Saeed from house arrest, calling it an attempt by
Pakistan to mainstream proscribed terrorists and a reflection
of its continuing support to non-state actors.
In a strong reaction, the Ministry of External Affairs
(MEA) 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.
“It also appears to be an attempt by the Pakistani system
to mainstream proscribed terrorists. Pakistan has not changed
its policy of shielding and supporting non-state actors and
its true face is visible for all to see,” MEA spokesperson
Raveesh Kumar told a press conference.
A Pakistani judicial body yesterday ordered the release
of Saeed from house arrest, seen as a setback to India’s
efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008
“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 his evil agenda,” he
said, adding the terrorist was also responsible for unleashing
numerous other terror attacks against Pakistan’s neighbours.
Kumar said it is the responsibility of the Pakistan
government to fulfil its international obligations and take
credible and effective action against terrorists like Saeed.
Saeed was the prime organiser of the Mumbai terror
attacks in which many Indians and nationals of several other
countries were killed.
“His release confirms once again the lack of seriousness
on the part of Pakistani government in bringing to justice
perpetrators of heinous acts of terrorism, including by
individuals and entities designated by the United Nations.
The banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah head, who carries a bounty of
USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror
activities, has been under detention since January.
Replying to a question on whether the Donald Trump
administration has been soft on dealing with terrorism
emanating from Pakistan, Kumar called the observation wrong
and said both India and the US were on the “same page” in
Source of news : Ptinews