US Concerned About Hafiz Saeed Contesting Elections In Pakistan

| December 20 , 2017 , 11:11 IST

The United States Government has concerns about Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head and LeT founder Hafiz Saeed running for office in Pakistan and hope Pakistan will do the right thing.

A journalist asked US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert was questioned that Hafiz Saeed was still roaming free despite the US statement last month asking Pakistan to re-arrest Hafiz Saeed.

Responsing to the question Nauert replied “For those of you who – I’m not sure if we’ve talked about this here in this room before. I think we may have on one other occasion. And who Lalit is referring to is the…the mastermind behind the Mumbai attacks – remember those – where the guys drove up on the boat, they went into the hotel, they shot up hundreds of people, killed I believe it was hundreds, including some Americans. That happened a few years back. He’s asking about the mastermind of those attacks, a man who is affiliated with LeT, Lashkar-e Tayyiba, one of the terror groups. It’s a group that the United States Government considers to be a terror organization. We have many conversations with the Government of Pakistan. One of the things that happened recently is that this guy was held on house arrest. Pakistan released him from house arrest, and now there is word that he may be running for some sort of office. I want to remind folks we have a $10 million Reward for Justice program that would reward for information that would bring him to justice. So I want to make that clear so that everybody knows, $10 million out for this guy, and we would certainly have concerns about him running for office”.

Last month Hafiz Saeed was released from house arrest. After his release Saeed said he and his associates will contest next year's national election in Pakistan under the banner of the Milli Muslim League (MML). 

When asked if US has provided Pakistan any evidence against Hafiz Saeed she replied “ I can tell you that his organization – his organization that was responsible for those attacks – is considered a foreign terror organization. It’s considered a foreign terror organization by the U.S. Government for a reason and for a good reason. I would imagine that if we had any intelligence – and that’s not an area that I can discuss, anyway – but we would certainly share it with the Pakistanis on that front. I hope they’ll do the right thing.”