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'I am not a terrorist': LeT founder Hafiz Saeed files petition in UN to remove tag

LeT founder Hafiz Saeed walked free after the Pakistan government decided against detaining him further in any other case.

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DNA Web Team

Updated: Nov 28, 2017, 11:33 AM IST

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The 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind and Jamaat-ud -Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has filed a petition in United Nations to remove him from the list of designated terrorists.

The LeT founder, in his late 60s, who has a $10 million American bounty on his head for terror activities, was freed by Pakistan after being under house arrest for 297 days since January.

Saeed was individually designated by the UN under the Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008. 

According to Hindustan Times, Saeed’s petition to the UN was filed through a Lahore-based law firm that represents him.

A report said that Navid Rasul Mirza, who has served as the Prosecutor General for Pakistan in the National Accountability Bureau confirmed that his firm had filed for Saeed’s de-listing.

 

The fire-brand cleric was released a day ahead of the 9th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people, including six Americans, were killed.

Meanwhile, the US has sought immediate re- arrest of Saaed, warning Islamabad that there would be repercussions for bilateral ties if it fails to act.

"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," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Sanders said.

 

India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said that 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.

 

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