Angry India wants Pakistan to rein in international terrorist Hafiz Saeed

Vikas Swarup, MEA Spokesperson

Vikas Swarup, MEA Spokesperson

Angry at Jamaat- ud-Dawah (JuD) group chief Hafiz Saeed’s unrelenting anti- India rant , India has now asked Nawaz Sharif government in Pakistan to rein in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind.  This plea comes  a day after Saeed warned of more Pathankot- style attacks in the country.

Expressing grave concerns about the activities in Pakistan of JuD chief and internationally-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed,External Affairs Ministry Spokespeson Vikas Swarup also made it clear that it was for Pakistan to rein in the Jamaat- ud-Dawah (JuD) group chief.

“Hafiz Saeed is globally-designated international terrorist. His claim that his many front organisations are carrying out charitable work in not even a fig leaf. “He indulges in terrorist activities and terrorist financing. It should be a matter of grave concern to everyone that terrorist like Saeed and his associates continues to enjoy the freedom to indulge in their activities,” Swarup said.

Addressing a rally , Saeed had said,”800,000 Indian troops are committing genocide on Kashmiris. Don t they have a right to carry out Pathankot-style attacks for their defence?…You have only seen one attack on Pathankot. Matters could easily escalate.

Asserting that it was “up to Pakistan to rein in Saeed”, the Spokesperson also noted that Pakistan had imposed a ban last year on the media coverage of militant groups like the JuD and LeT but contrary to that ban, the electronic media was showing Saeed’s speeches.

Asked about the status of Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks, Swarup continued to maintain that no “mutually convenient” date has been agreed upon between the two countries.

National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan as well as the Foreign Secretaries are in touch with each other, he said, adding while the NSAs have been discussing the Pathankot terror attack investigation by Pakistan government, the two foreign secretaries are in touch on the dates issue.