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China Rejects Reports Of President Jinping Asking Pakistan To Relocate Hafiz Saeed

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| May 24 , 2018 , 14:16 IST

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday rejected reports of President Xi Jinping asking Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to relocate Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed to a West Asian Country. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson's office termed the reports as "shocking and baseless". 

According to a report from The Hindu, Chinese President Xi Jinping made the suggestion to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on the sidelines of the Boao Forum in China last month that Saeed be relocated to a West Asian country where he can spend a quiet life.

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“At a 35-minute meeting, at least 10 minutes of the discussion dealt with Saeed. The Chinese President was keen on pressing the Prime Minister to find an early solution to keep Saeed away from the limelight,” a close aide of PM Abbasi told The Hindu, requesting anonymity.

Since the general elections for Pakistan are scheduled for July-end its likely that government's legal team would come up with a solution for the Hafiz Saeed situation under the next government as PM Abbasi's tenure comes to an end on May 31.

However, Saeed, speaking to journalists in Karachi on Tuesday refused to believe that China would seek a ban on him or his removal from Pakistan although he admitted that China would act as a super power and dictate to Pakistan.

Hafiz Saeed is considered to be the leader of militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Saeed has been declared as a global terrorist by the United Nations, the US and India and carries a reward of $5 million on his head for his role in the Mumbai attacks. Although Pakistan put him under house arrest, Saeed was let free within 9 months and is now attempting to enter Pakistan national politics.