Pak to face 'repercussions' for not re-arresting 'global terrorist' Saeed

The U.S. State Department is "deeply concerned" over Saeed's release, State Department spokeswoman Heather Neuart said in a statement on Friday, citing the Mumbai attacks.

"Saeed's release, after Pakistan's failure to prosecute or charge him, sends a deeply troubling message about Pakistan's commitment to (combating) global terrorism and belies Pakistani claims that it will not provide sanctuary for terrorists on its soil", the White House said in a statement.

The White House press secretary said LeT is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organisation responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks, including a number of American citizens.

"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", Sanders said in a statement, reflecting the Trump administration's outrage at Saeed's release.

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Pakistan denies that. While Saeed was under house arrest, his JuD charity launched a political party, the Milli Muslim League (MML), which has won thousands of votes in by-elections.

Pakistan-based terrorist and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief, Hafiz Saeed, was released from the house arrest on Friday after a judicial review board in Pakistan gave orders to release him. The court said that government has failed to provide enough evidences against Saeed.

Saeed, who carries a $10 million bounty announced by the U.S. for his role in terror activities, made the comment to supporters gathered outside his Lahore residence.

He further said, "We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars, at the same time, they are housing the very terrorists we are fighting ... that must change immediately".

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"Hafiz Saeed was under house arrest on baseless allegations and jail officials came to his home last night and told him that he is now free", Yahya Mujahid said. In his first address after being released, Saeed blamed India and the United States for detention and he also raked up Kashmir.

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 worldwide terrorism and belies Pakistani claims that it will not provide sanctuary for terrorists on its soil".

"Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been punished for neglecting Kashmiris". While maintaining that Jammu and Kashmir will always remain an integral part of India, a senior MHA official said India's security forces had given an "appropriate response" to such comments by subversive elements.

"Just as I am free today, Kashmir will also be free one day", Saeed said after midnight Thursday.

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US President Donald Trump has demanded that Pakistani leaders take tougher action against terrorists.


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