The United States has slammed Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s comment on Hafiz Saeed and said clearly the, Hafiz Saeed is a terrorist and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had given an interview to the news television show, GeotTV, in which he was asked why there was no action being taken against Hafiz Saeed, he said, “There is no case against Hafiz Saeed sahib in Pakistan. Only when there is a case can there be action.” But now, the State Development Spokesperson Heather Nauert has told the media that the United States believes Hafiz Saeed is a terrorist and he should be persecuted.
“We believe that he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. He is listed by the UNSC 1267, the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee for targeted sanctions due to his affiliation with Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is a designated foreign terror organisation.” she told the reporters, during the Daily news conference. “We have made our points and concerns to the Pakistani government very clear. We believe that this individual should be prosecuted.”
Speaking about the 26/11 attacks, she said, “We regard him as a terrorist, a part of a foreign terrorist organisation. He was the mastermind, we believe, of the 2008 Mumbai attacks which killed many people, including Americans as well.” She did say that the United States government was expecting the Pakistani government to curb the terrorism in their state and outside too. “That’s something that we’ve been very clear about all along. You know the news that we had that came out a couple weeks ago about our decision to withhold some of the security funding for Pakistan.” she said.
Now, it is yet to be seen what Pakistan’s next action will be, as United States has announced that Hafiz should be prosecuted, will they still try to safeguard him is the biggest question.