Prosecute 'terrorist' Saeed, US urges Pak

Hafiz Saeed

Washington: The US on Friday said it has told Islamabad clearly that Hafiz Saeed is a "terrorist" and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The US state department was reacting strongly to the Pakistan Premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's remarks that there was no case against the Mumbai attack mastermind.

The state department's comment came after Abbasi, during an interview to Geo TV on Tuesday, referred to Saeed as "sahib".

"There is no case against Hafiz Saeed sahib in Pakistan. Only when there is a case can there be action," Abbasi had said when asked why there was no action against Saeed.

Reacting strongly to Abbasi's comments, state department spokesperson Heather Nauert said: "We believe that he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

"He is listed by the UNSC 1267, the al Qaida Sanctions Committee for targeted sanctions due to his affiliation with Lashkar-e-Toiba, which is a designated foreign terror organisation," Nauert said.

"We have made our points and concerns to the Pakistani government very clear. We believe that this individual should be prosecuted," she said. Responding to a question about Abbasi's remarks, Nauert said the US had "certainly seen" the reports about his comment on Saeed. PTI


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