No case registered against Hafiz Saeed ‘sahab’ in Pakistan, says Pak PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

The Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that there is no case registered in Islamabad against 26/11 terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and no action could be instigated against the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief. “There is no case against Hafiz Saeed sahab in Pakistan, if there were a case, action would have been taken. Action is taken when there is a case registered [against someone],” Pakistan PM Abbasi said in an interview with Pakistan’s Geo TV.

India, again and again, has asked Islamabad to take action against Saeed who is alleged to be the mastermind of 26/11 attack in Mumbai in which 166 people were killed. The US has described Hafiz Saeed as a global terrorist and has also put a bounty of $10 million on his head. As  Saeed’s name on the UN terror list, he has also recently petitioned the global body asking removal of his name since none of the allegations against him – either related to terrorism or otherwise – has been proved in the Pakistan courts.

Following Saeed’s release on November 24, the LeT founder had confirmed that JuD would contest the 2018 general elections in Pakistan beneath the banner of Milli Muslim League (MML), which is still to be registered with the Election Commission. Currently, the Pakistan government banned Saeed’s JuD and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) from collecting donations.

I’m Lashkar’s biggest supporter and know they like me, says Pervez Musharraf

The former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said this week that he likes Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed and is the “biggest supporter” of the Lashkar-e-Taiba as it involved in targeting the Indian Army in Kashmir. The former military dictator, who is currently living in self-exile in Dubai since leaving Pakistan following being charged with sedition, made the comments during the time he was appearing on a TV talk show late on Tuesday night.

While replying to a question on how the man who had once followed the policy of “enlightened moderation” was associating with hardline Islamic groups, Musharraf said that “I’m the biggest supporter of Lashkar-e-Taiba and I know the LeT and JuD people like me”. When he was asked that if he likes the founder of LeT Saeed, Musharraf said, “Yes, I have met him, even recently…I have always been in favor of action in Kashmir, and I’ve always been in their favor, that in Kashmir we must pressure the Indian Army and this (LeT) is the biggest force.” He also added that the LeT “was not involved” in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The attack on India’s financial hub was carried by a LeT team of 10 people, and later the Pakistan officially accepted the conspiracy behind the attacks was planned in its country in 2009 and arrested seven people for the same, including LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. “It is the requirement of the day, you must do everything in light of the reality of Pakistan. I am liberal and moderate, these are my thoughts but that doesn’t mean I’m against all religious people,” he added. Weeks after a terror attack on the Indian Parliament, the Musharraf’s government had banned the LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammed in January 2002.

The former President claimed India and the US got the LeT “declared terrorists”. “Yes, they are involved in Kashmir and in Kashmir, it is between we and India,” he added. “The situation was different at that time. My vision was that we were moving towards peace, they (India) were moving toward my four-point agenda (for resolving the Kashmir issue), let us reduce mujahideen and increase political…” Musharraf said when asked about why he had banned the LeT in 2002. The former President also expressed a recent White House statement calling on Pakistan to arrest Saeed and act against him as “offensive”.

“This is very offensive language and an insult to Pakistan’s sovereignty. I would never accept this language and I would have said, ‘Please don’t dictate to us. We are in charge here, we decide on who is the LeT head, whether he has to be tried, whether he has to be punished. It is our decision,” Musharraf claimed.

26/11: A Walk Down The Memory Lane

We as Indians have been blessed with a real governance structure which ensures to support our lives in the best of ways complimenting our defiant ways of dealing with the state and enjoying the freedom to live as we like, each day.

There are nations in our vicinity that envy the freedoms we have here in this diverse land with all its problems and flaws. We have beautiful architecture to cherish, we see dirt to cherish the pure, we see crowds eating foods and connoisseurs enjoying luxurious platters at scenic spots.

26/11, the day of 2008, shook the Indian nation, ridiculed its guests and tried to create a divide all across.  Yes the horrid day that saw a bunch of terrorists storming into the streets of the Indian commercial capital, and slaughtering lives that had their own reasons to live the day.

The perpetrators were exported from Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Toiba, the gunmen were young lads, who were paid well to commit the suicide attacks. They took people hostage at the Taj, killed people at the CST, and the Nariman point, they also bombed places. In the run upto the wipe ops being carried out by the Mumbai Police and the NSG commandos, we saw many of our brave and courageous officers die.

The Mumbai attacks saw the killings of our guests from abroad, and taught our security establishment the lessons they had to learn, the hard way. The Congress government at the Centre received flak for such a  lack of sight and unpreparedness. We had a national mourning by the time the infiltrators were laid to rest.

The lone survivor of the infiltrating party, Ajmal Kasab, a 21-year-old man, was detained in the custody of the authorities and interrogated. He revealed the entire background of the attack, told the authorities about the planners and the people behind the attacks, Pakistan was to the one to blame. Hafiz Saeed, the dreaded man was the man behind the attacks as th evidence suggested.

Despite blaming the cross border terrorists of denting Indian firewall, the flaws were in our own systems as well. The intelligence systems were not  actively anticipating a terrorist attack, and were clueless. The military response was delayed and the media had shown its despondency by revealing the handlers with the position of the commandos in the real-time. The incident also revealed to us the porosity of our sea borders, along side the presence of traitors breeding on our own soil!

Since then the Indian security establishment has taken leaps forward, India has trained the Indian Coast Guards, there are NSG outposts in every major city, the borders have been patrolled rigorously, and Indian army conducted a successful surgical strike in the POK. The police has been provided with new ammunition, new vehicles and technology systems that help the world to become a safer place.

The horrifying incident has never been repeated on our soil leading to an abundant 300 civilian deaths and bruising the country’s psyche. Yet, there is still more that needs to be done by the security forces that are often caught by amazement when we talk about Uri and Pathankot.

The response of the Indian forces needs to be well-timed and a single command unit must be established to take on the insurgency threats. Our satellite systems must be made robust and sophisticated enough to spot even an earthworm crossing over from the other side. The agencies must act in close consultation and communication with each other to create a closed web of defence. The intelligence system must be supplied with effective technical know how to yield accurate information regarding the safety of the people. Police forces must also see heavy equipment under their disposal and special response teams ready for combat.

We are still learning to defend the beauty of our nation, and evolving each day to expand our consciousness of a nation, we salute to the defenders of the nation, who laid down their lives for us, and all those innocent people who lost their lives to the fury of some fanatics who blaspheme the divine.



26/11 attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed files petition in UN to get rid of his terrorist label

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”.

Hafiz Saeed's Release Points to a Paradigm Shift in Pakistan

While the Pakistani authorities now make for other grounds and cases to put the dreaded Hafiz Saaed back under house arrest, the Lahore High Court seems to have found no case, substantive enough to put the mastermind of 26/11 terror attacks of Mumbai under detention.

Saeed, is the man who is running a frontier political outfit of the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jammat-ud-Dawa. The core political issues of this front remains ultra right, which also claims a right in the ‘struggle for independence in Kashmir’.

The Indian government provided the Pakistani government with proofs of Saeed’s involvement in the Mumbai attacks and further the Pathankot, and Uri incidents as well. Pakistan also saw the US declaring a bounty on Haafiz Saeed, which not only harmed Pakistan’s international reputation but made it look like a dwarf in the Arab world as well.

China though blocked a concerted move to ban LeT and JuD in the UN, citing lack of conclusive evidence, India raised its support for declaring Pakistan a manufacturing hub for terrorism, the call thus has been resonated by many countries in the global fraternity.

The recent stepping down of Nawaz Sharif on corruption charges has put the state into a suspended animation, where the rulers are deemed to have been stationed at Rawalpidi, instead of Islamabad. The civilian government growing weaker by the day, the military has again started playing stronger roles in decision-making of the state as of now.

The recent strike by the TLP and the release of Hafiz Saeed, point towards the state backed right-wing extremists who have been stealing the show lately. The Pakistani state has been acting as a bystander when the right-wing parties have taken to their show of power. The release of Hafiz Saeed, now has a serious future in store for Pakistan.

Though the government is trying to frame him under some other case and put him back in detention, Pakistan has failed to act against him on the evidence provided to him by the Indian government. The international pressure as it exists today on Pakistan, where it has lost all credence, and China has been the only ally left with it, the move will call the ire of the entire fraternity.

The Pakistani civilian government has come to a halt, and the state of affairs is keeping gloomy since then. With Musharraf fraying into active politics and Imran Khan vying for a stint at the national politics, the battle field will see new entrants from the rising right wing of Pakistan also.

The most peculiar aspect of the right-wing parties of Pakistan is the support they enjoy from the military, which makes ISI a training facility for non-state entities. Pakistan has engaged war with India and Afghanistan using proxies, and this has continued, but with the rising clamours of a decisive leader emerging in Pakistan, the future will find better alternatives, lest the military rule.

The international pressures on Pakistan seem to be weakening with the Chinese extending help to the ailing nation, at more than one occasion, through every possible means. This facilitates a paradigm shift where Pakistan is moving towards a defiant nation while allowing the right-wing to stay in the mainstream political discourse for not very optimistic ends. The philosophic narrative of Pakistan will have to forged with new ideas to put anti-human individuals like Saeed, who get state support in dungeons, rather on the streets.

26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed released from house arrest, says will fight for ‘Kashmir cause’

The chief of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) and mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Hafiz Saeed, has been freed by Pakistan from house arrest on Friday. Just after getting freed from jail, Saeed launched anti-India rhetoric by claiming that he would mobilize people for the “cause of Kashmir”. The JuD head was released after the government decided not to detain him in any further case, Saeed carries a $10 million American bounty for his role in terror activities.

The release of Hafiz Saeed following midnight came ahead of the 9th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai in which 166 lost their lives. India has asked Pakistan quite often to reinvestigate the Mumbai terror attack case and also demanded the trial of Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in light of the evidence it had provided to Islamabad. “I was detained for 10 months only to stop my voice for Kashmir. I fight for the cause of Kashmiris. I will gather the people from across the country for the cause of Kashmir and we will try to help Kashmiris get their destination of freedom,” said Saeed while addressing his supporters gathered outside his house.

On Wednesday, the Punjab province’s Judicial Review Board comprising judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC) unanimously ordered Saeed’s release on the completion of his 30-day house, which expired last night. India, however, showed its anger over the decision of the judicial board to release Saeed, saying it a stab by Pakistan to mainstream banned terrorists and a reflection of its ongoing support to non-state actors. Commenting on the Saeed’s release, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) affirmed that the lack of seriousness by the Pakistan government has been shown once again in bringing to justice culprits of terrorism, including individuals and entities designated by the UN.

The MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in New Delhi on Thursday that “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”. Taking an example of release order to strengthen his claim of “innocence”, Saeed said, “I am very happy that none of the allegations against me were proved as three judges of the LHC ordered my release… India had leveled baseless allegations against me. The LHC’s review board decision has proved that I am innocent.” “I was detained on the pressure of the US on the Pakistani government. The US did so on the request of India,” he added.