Freeing Hafiz Saeed may bring LeT into mainstream

India's diplomatic effort to force Pakistan to crack down on terror outfits suffered a setback on Wednesday after a judicial revi­ew in Lahore decided to release Ha­fiz Saeed,from house arrest.

Published: 23rd November 2017 09:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd November 2017 09:56 AM   |  A+A-

Hafiz Saeed

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: INDIA’S diplomatic effort to force Pakistan to crack down on terror outfits suffered a setback on Wednesday after a judicial revi­ew in Lahore decided to release Ha­fiz Saeed, the head of the Ja­m­aat ud Dawa (JuD) and alleged mastermind of the November 26, 2008, attack in Mumbai, from house arrest. The decision comes in the week leading to the anniversary of the tragedy.

The decision in Lahore also flies in the face of a US offer of a $10 million bounty for Saeed for his suspected role in the Mumbai attacks. But it also rides an exemption to the Lashkar-e-Toiba (L­eT) by the US from the Afghan s­a­­nctions. The sanctions conti­n­u­e to be imposed on the Ta­­­li­ban.

Though there was no formal statement from the foreign office in India yet, there was a sense that it was inevitable. “We did not believe that Pakistan was serious about cracking down on Saeed and his outfits in the first place,” said an official. But there is some disappointment that the US was not putting enough pressure on Islamabad.

Army trying to dominate
Speaking to TNIE,G Parthasarathi, former high commissioner to Islamabad, said the army in Pakistan was now seeking to dominate its politics ahead of the next elections by propping up the LeT/JuD.

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