Saeed’s release shows Pak not serious in fighting terror: India

Saeed’s release shows Pak not serious in fighting terror: India
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First Published: Tue, Jun 02 2009. 05 05 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Jun 02 2009. 05 05 PM IST
New Delhi: Angry at the release of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Mohd Saeed, India on Tuesday said it demonstrates Pakistan’s lack of seriousness to fight terror and raises serious doubts about its commitment to probe the Mumbai attack.
“It is regrettable that Pakistan has released Hafiz Saeed who has been part of terror outfits in Pakistan. The organization (JuD) with which he has connections has been declared terrorist organization by the United Nations Security Council,” external affairs minister S M Krishna told reporters here while reacting to the development in Lahore.
“This only shows that Pakistan’s seriousness to fight against terror is still under a cloud,” he said.
Home minister P Chidambaram said: “It is a commentary on the commitment of Pakistan to investigate the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack.”
Commenting on the release, he said: “We are unhappy that Pakistan does not show the degree of seriousness and commitment that it should to bring to justice perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack.”
He, however, underlined that the development will not cause any setback to India’s investigations into the attack.
Saeed was put under house arrest on 11 December last year after the UN Security Council banned JuD, declaring it a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is blamed by India for the 26 November Mumbai attacks.
Expressing ”disappointment” over the release of the chief of JuD, Lashkae-e-Taiba’s front organization, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash said: “It is regrettable that notwithstanding this background and the international obligations it entails on Pakistan, he has been released.”
He said Saeed’s release “raises serious doubts over Pakistan’s sincerity in acting with determination against terrorist groups and individuals operating from its territory”.
Prakash noted that Saeed is the head of JuD and LeT, which are listed by the UN under UNSC Resolution 1267 as being affiliates of Al-Qaida and the Taliban.
“Hafiz Saeed is specifically listed as linked to these terrorist groups,” he said, adding “these actions by Pakistan raise questions about sincerity of Pakistan’s investigations into the conspiracy that planned, launched and executed the terrorist attack on Mumbai in which hundreds of innocent Indians and foreign nationals lost their lives.”
Prakash said Saeed, the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Jamat-ud-Dawa “have a long and well established background of planning and launching terrorist acts against India. His professed ideology and public statements leave no doubt as to his terrorist inclinations.”
He also pointed out that Pakistan was yet to report the progress of the investigations that it had committed to undertake into that conspiracy.
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First Published: Tue, Jun 02 2009. 05 05 PM IST