Washington reacts at release of Hafiz Saeed from house arrest in Pakistan
By Khaama Press - Sat Nov 25 2017, 11:29 am
The United States reacted at the release of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) leader Hafiz Saeed from the house arrest in Pakistan, asking the authorities in the country to take steps so that he is arrested and tried for his crimes.
“The United States is deeply concerned that Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) leader Hafiz Saeed has been released from house arrest in Pakistan,” the State Department spokesperson Heater Nauert said.
She saaid 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.
According to the State Department, in May 2008, the United States Department of the Treasury designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224.
Saeed was also individually designated by the United Nations under UNSCR 1267 in December 2008 following the November 2008 Mumbai attack in which 166 people, including six American citizens, were killed. LeT and several of its front organizations, leaders, and operatives remain under both State Department and Treasury Department sanctions.
Since 2012, the United States has offered a U.S. $10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice.
According to the local media reports, Saeed was released on Friday morning from house arrest after a court rejected to extend his detention on Wednesday.