Make Hafiz Saeed accountable for involvement in 26/11 Mumbai terror assault: US to Pakistan

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Washington DC: The United States has referred to as for making Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed accountable for his involvement within the planning of “numerous acts of terrorism, including 2008 Mumbai attacks”. “We continue to call for Hafiz Saeed to be held accountable for his involvement in the planning of numerous acts of terrorism, including 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 innocent people, including 6 Americans,” US State Department spokesperson stated on Thursday (February 13, 2020). 

US State Department spokesperson stated this whereas commenting on the Saeed`s conviction in terror financing instances.

The spokesperson stated Hafiz Saeed`s conviction on terror financing is a step in the direction of curbing the operation of a terrorist group that threatens peace and stability in South Asia.

“We urge Pakistan to continue to take appropriate legal action against individuals who commit acts of terrorism, raise funds for, or advocate for terrorism,” the official stated.

On Wednesday, Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of US for South and Central Asian Affairs had termed the conviction of 26/11 Mumbai terror assault mastermind Hafiz Saeed as an “important step forward” in the direction of holding terrorist organisation LeT “accountable for its crimes”.

“Today`s conviction of Hafiz Saeed and his associate is an important step forward – both toward holding LeT accountable for its crimes and for #Pakistan in meeting its international commitments to combat terrorist financing,” she tweeted.

“And as @ImranKhanPTI has said, it is in the interest of #Pakistan`s future that it not allow non-state actors to operate from its soil,” she stated in one other tweet.

An anti-terrorism court docket in Lahore, Pakistan on Wednesday sentenced Mumbai terror assault mastermind and chief of the banned Jamaat-ud -Dawa (JuD) Hafiz Saeed to five-and-a-half years in jail every in two terror financing instances.

Pakistan based mostly Dawn reported that he was slapped with a jail sentence of five-and-a-half years and a high quality of Rs15,000 in every case and the sentences of each instances will run concurrently.