Pakistan MP asks govt why it is sheltering Hafiz Saeed
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker Rana Muhammad Afzal on Thursday questioned the government’s failure to act against Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and the head of its frontal charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa.
“Which egg is Hafiz Saeed laying for us that we are nurturing him,” Afzal said in a meeting of the standing committee on foreign affairs, as per a report in BBC Urdu.
The Pakistani lawmaker made the remark during a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee of Foreign Affairs. He further said that, “The efficacy of our foreign policy speaks for itself when we couldn’t curtail Hafiz Saeed.”
The Daily quoted Afzal saying that, “India has built such a case against us about the JuD chief that during the meeting on Kashmir, foreign delegates mention him (Hafiz Saeed) as the bone of contention between Pakistan and India.”
He said the country needed to be freed of such elements that have “led the world to start isolating us and trying to declare (Pakistan) a terrorist state.”
Beyond this, as a result of India’s diplomatic blitz over Pakistan’s pro-terror policy, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has told the country’s all-powerful ISI to crack down on terrorists and end the Mumbai attack trial and the probe into the Pathankot strike – New Delhi’s two key conditions to resume peace talks with Islamabad.
Dawn reported that Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry told the meeting on Wednesday that Pakistan faced diplomatic isolation and its talking points had been met with indifference in major world capitals.
Even China, Pakistan’s closest ally, had questioned the logic of repeatedly putting on technical hold a UN ban on Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar, Chaudhry said, according to Dawn.
Major world countries have supported India’s demand to Pakistan to act against terrorist groups patronised by the ISI.
Dawn reported that the government on Wednesday informed the ISI about the “growing international isolation of Pakistan and sought consensus on several key actions by the state” to reverse the situation.
The Daily said the government, in a “blunt, orchestrated and unprecedented warning”, asked military-led intelligence agencies “not to interfere if law enforcement acts against militant groups that are banned or until now considered off-limits for civilian action”.
Opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Aitzaz Ahsan told a joint session of Parliament that the country was diplomatically isolated because it gives freedom to non-state actors, as “government has been completely unsuccessful in imposing restrictions according to the National Action Plan (NPA).”
“I don’t want instability in any country, as the blame of that will then fall on us because of these non-state actors,” he said, adding that the failure to curb terrorists would isolate Pakistan. He claimed that Sharif was responsible for Pakistan’s diplomatic isolation as he was also the Foreign Minister.
He urged the Sharif government to curb terrorist else “Bangladesh and Afghanistan will not speak to you, and Bhutan and Nepal will begin supporting India.”
On the other hand, irony is presented in a form of an image by a news channel, NewsX , which has released an image where Pakistan’s top officials are seen alongside terror group heads. In the picture, Hafiz Saeed, Abdullah Gul (the son of former ISI chief Hamid Gul), chief of the Haqqania seminary of Pakistan, the Haqqani brothers are seen, according to NewsX.
This picture of the meeting between such leaders shows how Pakistan is planning to reply to India, post the surgical strike, The Financial Express said in its report.