Trump mocked by Pakistanis for tweet on arrest of JuD chief Hafeez Saeed

Netizens attacked Trump citing that Hafiz had courted the limelight and been giving public speeches rather than being searched by authorities.

Published: 18th July 2019 10:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th July 2019 11:35 PM   |  A+A-

US President Donald Trump ( Photo | AP)

US President Donald Trump (File Photo | AP)


ISLAMABAD: Pakistanis on Thursday mocked US President Donald Trump's claim that the alleged Mumbai attacks mastermind had been arrested "after a ten-year search" while he was actually in the public eye for much of the decade.

Hafiz Saeed, a firebrand cleric accused by Washington and New Delhi of being behind the 2008 attacks, was taken into custody on Wednesday, days ahead of a trip by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to Washington for his first meeting with Trump.

But Saeed, who heads the UN-designated terrorist group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and has a USD 10 million US bounty on his head, has never been missing.

Instead, when he has not been in the custody of the Pakistani authorities, he has courted the limelight, giving public speeches and televised interviews and even attempting to launch a political party to contest last year's general election.

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Among the wave of social media users pointing this out to Trump were journalists highlighting the easy access they have been given to Saeed over the years. "It's Hafiz Saeed. Not Jason Bourne," tweeted Pakistani news anchor Amber Shamsi.

"I also interviewed Hafiz Muhammad Saeed for @AJEnglish back in 2015 at a JuD-run mosque and school in Islamabad. Did not take a lot of finding that time, either," added Al Jazeera's Islamabad-based correspondent Asad Hashim.

The US Foreign Affairs Committee also hit back at the president, citing the eight times Saeed has been arrested - and released --by Pakistani authorities since 2001. "Let's hold the (applause) until he's convicted," tweeted the committee on its official account.

Many linked his latest detention to Khan's visit with Trump. The pair are to meet in Washington on July 22. Since taking office in 2017, Trump has frequently singled out Islamabad for failing to rein in extremists and being an unfaithful partner in the fight against militants. "Hafiz Saeed was definitely not on the run when I met him at home in Lahore in 2013. His liberty, or lack of, is often a function of international pressure on Pakistan over its support for militancy," tweeted New York Times correspondent Declan Walsh.

The move against Saeed also comes as Pakistan is facing a potential blacklisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) - an anti-money-laundering monitor based in Paris - for failing to do enough to combat terror financing.


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  • curious onlookerC

    During the cold war US adopted Pakistan as its illegitimate progeny as an antithesis tro India. It now finds unable to control its adopted child's waywardness.
    2 years ago reply
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