US warned Islamabad of repercussions for bilateral ties if fails to act against Saeed

Vastavam web: The US has sought immediate re- arrest and prosecution of the Mumbai terror attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saaed, warning Islamabad that there would be repercussions for bilateral ties if it fails to act.The banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head, who carries a USD 10 million American bounty on his head for terror activities, walked free on Friday after the Pakistan government decided against detaining him further in any other case.”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, reflecting the Trump administration’s outrage at Saeed’s release.

She said Saeed’s release, after Pakistan’s failure to prosecute or charge him, sends a “deeply troubling message” about Pakistan’s commitment to combating international terrorism and “belies Pakistani claims” that it will not provide sanctuary for terrorists on its soil.She said the Pakistani government now “has an opportunity to demonstrate its seriousness in confronting all forms of terrorism, without distinction, by arresting and charging Hafiz Saeed for his crimes.”

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.A clear international consensus exists regarding Saeed’s culpability as he was designated by the United Nations under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008, she said.