The Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has moved to the United Nations saying his name to be removed from the list of terrorists proscribed by the world body, senior Indian officials said. Saeed was entitled a terrorist by the UN under UNSCR 1267 (UN Security Council Resolution) in December 2008 after the November 2008 attack in Mumbai.
In May 2008, the US had named him in a specially designated global terrorist. The US had also declared $10 million bounty for Saeed following the Mumbai terror attack. It is believed that JuD is the front of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was responsible for the 26/11 attack. The petition of Saeed came after his release from house arrest in Pakistan. After a judicial body in Pakistan rejected to extend Saeed’s detention and ordered his release saying “insufficient evidence”, the Mumbai terror attack mastermind walked free last week. Just after his release, Saeed said he will together people from all over Pakistan for the “cause of Kashmir” and help Kashmiris secure “freedom”.
India had expressed wrath when news about the release of Saeed’s broke and had called it as an attempt by Pakistan to “mainstream” terrorists. The US had also expressed deep worry over Saeed’s release, saying that he needs to be arrested and charged with his crimes. Just a day after Saeed was freed, the US State Department said in a statement that “The United States is deeply concerned that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader Hafiz Saeed has been released from house arrest in Pakistan. LeT is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks, including a number of American citizens. The Pakistani government should make sure that he is arrested and charged for his crimes”.