ISLAMABAD: The JuD head and LeT founder, who has a $10 million American bounty on his head for terror activities, was freed by Pakistan on Friday. Pakistan has justified the release of Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed , claiming that Islamabad was committed to the implementation of UNSC sanctions regime on terrorists.
Saeed is a UN and US designated terrorist.
India’s 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 said in New Delhi on Thursday.
Responding to the comments made by the MEA, Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said that Pakistan was committed to the implementation of UNSC 1267 sanctions regime and has taken several steps in this regard.
“The (MEA) spokesperson took exception to self-serving insinuations,” he said in statement issues late last night.
Faisal said that courts in Pakistan, pursuant to their constitutional duty, were determined to uphold rule of law and due process for all citizens of Pakistan.
Saeed, in his late 60s, was under house arrest for 297 days since January.
The fire-brand cleric’s release after midnight came ahead of the 9th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people, including six Americans, were killed.
Saeed was individually designated by the UN under the Security Council Resolution 1267 in December, 2008.