'Action against Saeed first step in combating terror'

'Action against Saeed first step in combating terror'
India on Monday stopped short of lauding Pakistan’s move to designate LeT founder Hafiz Saeed a “terrorist”, but noted that the “effective action” against him was the “logical first step” to combat the menace of terrorism.

New Delhi’s reaction signalled that while it took note of Islamabad’s recent acts of putting Saeed under detention and designating him a terrorist, it would expect the neighbouring country’s government to do more to stop anti-India terror emanating from territories under the control of Pakistan.

“Hafiz Saeed is an international terrorist, the mastermind of the Mumbai terrorist attack and responsible for unleashing a wave of terrorism against Pakistan’s neighbours through LeT/JuD and their affiliates,” Vikas Swarup, external affairs ministry spokesperson, told journalists here.

He was reacting to Islamabad’s move on Saturday to list Saeed as a terrorist under the Anti-Terrorism Act of Pakistan.

On January 30, Saeed and four aides Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Niaz were detained and placed under house arrest at Lahore.

“Effective action mandated internationally against him and his terrorist organisations and colleagues is a logical first step in bringing them to justice, and in ridding our region of the twin menaces of terrorism and violent extremism,” Swarup said.

The US designated Saeed a terrorist with links to international terror networks back in May 2008, just a few months before LeT militants carried out the November 26-28 terror strikes in Mumbai, killing over 170 people and injuring many others.

He was also designated a terrorist by the United Nations in December 2008 and brought under international sanctions. In April 2012, the US also declared a bounty of $10 million on the radical cleric. Saeed, however, has been living free in Pakistan.
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