Hafiz Saeed's house arrest: 'Credible crack down' required to prove Pakistan's sincerity, says MEA

Amid pressure on Pakistan from the Donald Trump administration, Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD) chief Hafiz Saeed and four others were put under detention in Lahore on Monday night

FP Staff January 31, 2017 08:08:05 IST
Hafiz Saeed's house arrest: 'Credible crack down' required to prove Pakistan's sincerity, says MEA

Reacting to the house arrest of 26/11 attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, the Minister of External Affairs on Tuesday issued a statement calling Islamabad action mere tokenism and urged it to take "credible" action against terrorist outfits.

"Exercises such as yesterday's orders against Hafiz Saeed and others have been carried out by Pakistan in the past also. Only a credible crack down on the mastermind of the Mumbai terrorist attack and terrorist organisations involved in cross border terrorism would be proof of Pakistan's sincerity," MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

Swarup also added that India has long maintained that the UNSC 1267 provisions pertaining to listing and proscription of known terrorist entities and individuals must be effectively and sincerely enforced by all member states.

MEA's statement comes hours after the Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD) chief and four others were put under detention in Lahore on Monday night.

Punjab government's Home Department had issued the detention order of Saeed and Lahore Police reached JUD headquarters in Chauburji to implement the order, JUD said.

Hafiz Saeeds house arrest Credible crack down required to prove Pakistans sincerity says MEA

A file image of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa. Reuters

He "is at Masjid-e-Qadsia Chauburji and a heavy contingent of police has surrounded the JUD headquarters," JUD official Ahmed Nadeem, who was present at the premises of the outfit, told PTI by phone.

"The commanding police officer told us that he has with him the house arrest order of the JUD chief issued by the Punjab Home Department," Nadeem said.

Three days back, Punjab's Ministry of Interior had included names of Saeed and four others — Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Niaz — in the Watch List as per UNSC 1267 Sanctions and ordered their preventive detention.

Ubaid, Iqbal, Abid and Niaz were also taken into preventive custody.

Punjab government's action comes amidst pressure on Pakistan from the Trump administration that it must take action against JUD and Saeed to avoid sanctions.

JUD is the front for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror outfit which is responsible for numerous terror attacks in India, including the Mumbai terror strike of 26 November 2008, which was masterminded by Saeed.

The Ministry of Interior, in its 27 January order, has "placed Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and JUD on the Watch List and has listed these organisations in the Second Schedule of the ATA 1997 (as amended).

"Saeed, Ubaid, Iqbal, Abid and Niaz are reportedly active members of the aforementioned organisations within the meaning of Section 11EEE(1) of the ATA 1997 (as amended). As such, they must be placed under preventive detention," Pakistani media reported.

The notification asked the Pakistan home secretary to "kindly direct the concerned agencies to move and take necessary action" as the matter "is most urgent".

Earlier during the day, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the PML-N government was taking steps to "fulfil our obligations" with regard to JUD.

“The organisation (JUD) has been ‘under observation’ since 2010-11. Since it has also been listed by the UN Security Council (Sanctions Committee), we are bound to take some steps. We are taking those steps to fulfil our obligations,” he told reporters after inaugurating a passport office in Islamabad.

JUD has already been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States in June 2014.

Saeed also carries a reward of $10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities.

With inputs from PTI

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