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.