Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 23 November 2017
We have seen reports on the
MEA Statement on Hafiz Saeed Release
Release of the leader of banned terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Toiba and internationally proscribed terrorist Hafiz Saeed fro house arrest by Pakistan. As you are aware he was the prime organizer, he was not just the mastermind, he was the prime organizer of Mumbai terror attacks in which many innocent Indians and many people from other nationalities were killed. He was also responsible for unleashing numerous other terror attacks against Pakistan’s neighbors.
His release confirms once again the lack of seriousness on the part of Pakistani Government in bringing to justice the perpetrators of heinous act of terrorism including by individuals and entities designated by United Nations. It also appears to be an attempt by Pakistani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists. It is evident that Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non state actors and its true face is visible to all to see.
It is the responsibility of the Pakistani Government to fulfill its international obligations and take credible and effective actions against terrorist like Hafiz Saeed.
India as indeed the entire International community is outraged that a self- confessed and UN Proscribed terrorist is being allowed to walk free and continue with his evil agenda.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 15 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.