India unimpressed by Saeed's detention, wants crackdown on terror

Last Updated 31 January 2017, 15:28 IST
India was today not impressed by the detention of Hafiz Saeed, saying only a "credible crackdown" on terror outfits, including Saeed's, will prove Pakistan's sincerity as such actions had been taken against the 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind in the past too.

"We have also noted that Hafiz Saeed and four others have been placed under preventive detention.

"Exercises such as yesterday's orders against Hafiz Saeed and others have been carried out by Pakistan in the past also. Only a credible crack down on the mastermind of the Mumbai terrorist attack and terrorist organisations involved in cross border terrorism would be proof of Pakistan's sincerity," MEA spokesman Vikas Swarup said.

With the Trump administration mounting pressure, Pakistani authorities had last night put Saeed and four others under detention under an Anti-Terrorism Act.

Swarup said the government had seen reports of Pakistan's Interior Ministry having placed the JuD and the Falah–e- Insaniyet Foundation on the watchlist and also the notification under which the foundation has been included in the second schedule of their anti-terror legislation under UN Security Council Resolution number 1267.

The spokesperson said India has long maintained that the UNSC 1267 provisions pertaining to listing and proscription of known terrorist entities and individuals must be effectively and sincerely enforced by all member states.

"We have also consistently called for bringing known terrorists under the ambit of the 1267 sanctions," he said.

According to JuD activists, Saeed was at Masjid-e-Qudsia Chauburji in Lahore when police descended there to implement the order of detention issued by Punjab Province's Interior Ministry pursuant to a directive from the Federal Interior Ministry on January 27.
(Published 31 January 2017, 10:35 IST)

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