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Pakistan 'Won't Allow' UN Sanctions Monitoring Team Direct Access To Hafiz Saeed

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| January 22 , 2018 , 14:52 IST

A sanctions monitoring team of the United Nations Security Council visiting Pakistan on January 25 and January 26 will not be granted any direct access to 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind, UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed or its entities, diplomatic sources said to The Nation.

Saeed, who apart from being a UN-designated terrorist is also a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist' by the US Department of Treasury was in November 2017 released from house arrest in Pakistan, to the dismay of India and Pakistan. After release from house arrest, Saeed petitioned the UN to remove his name from the list of sanctioned terrorists, but the UN did not change his marked status.

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According to Pakistani officials, the UNSC team's visit is a routine trip to discuss "official information" on issues related to banned outfits and implementation of UN sanctions.

"They will not seek access to the JuD or Hafiz Saeed and if they do that, we will not allow it. We have been in talks and this visit was scheduled," said the diplomatic source.

Currently, the UNSC sanctions list includes Saeed's organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) for which JuD is considered to be a front, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation among other organisations and individuals.

The UN sanctions were placed against Saeed and his organisation JuD in December 2008, a month after the Mumbai terror attack.

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Saeed and his organisation the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) were put under sanctions by the UN in December 2008, a month after the Mumbai terror attack, for links with Lashkar-e-Toiba.

"He (Saeed) is listed by the UNSC 1267, the al-Qaida Sanctions Committee for targeted sanctions due to his affiliation with Lashkar-e- Taiba, which is a designated foreign terror organisation," said a US State Department spokesperson.

Despite the international community's unity against Saeed, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi last week claimed that there's no case against Saeed, therefore, he cannot be persecuted.

Meanwhile, Saeed has expressed his interest in entering the field of politics in Pakistan.