Islamabad Committed to Implementing UNSC Sanctions Against Terroist Says Pakistan To Justify The Release Of Hafiz Saeed Hafiz Muhammad Saeed

Pakistan has justified the release of Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, claiming that Islamabad was committed to the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions regime on terrorists.

The JuD head and Lashkar-e-Taiba( LeT) founder, who has a $10 million bounty on his head for terror activities, was freed by Pakistan yesterday (24 November). He is a United Nations and United States-designated terrorist.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Saeed's release confirmed once again the lack of seriousness by the Pakistan government in bringing to justice perpetrators of terrorism, including individuals and entities designated by the UN.

"It also appears to be an attempt by the Pakistani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists. Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non-state actors and its true face is visible for all to see," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in New Delhi on Thursday (23 November).

Responding to the comments made by the MEA, Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said that Pakistan was committed to the implementation of UNSC 1267 sanctions regime and has taken several steps in this regard.

"The (MEA) spokesperson took exception to self-serving insinuations," he said in statement issues late last night.

Faisal said that courts in Pakistan, pursuant to their constitutional duty, were determined to uphold rule of law and due process for all citizens of Pakistan.

Legal processes were anchored in rule of law, not dictates of politics and posturing, he said.

"It is in the interest of all States to speak and act in a manner that is consistent with the imperatives of adhering to rule of law at the national and international levels," Faisal said.

He said that Pakistan's resolve, actions and successes in the fight against terrorism, terrorist violence and terrorists are unmatched in the world.

"Pakistan condemns and opposes all forms of terrorism by any individual or group," the FO spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif expressed deep anguish over alleged human rights violations in Kashmir and arrests of Kashmiri leaders, saying the intensified cordon and search operations are violative of the Kashmiris' dignity and the sanctity of their families.

These operations are also designed to inflict collective punishment on the innocent and defenceless people, he said in a statement issued by the FO last night.

"We will continue to steadfastly stand by them until the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people," Asid said.

Saeed, in his late 60s, was under house arrest for 297 days since January.

The fire-brand cleric's release after midnight came ahead of the ninth anniversary of the 26 November Mumbai attacks in which 166 people, including six Americans and four Israelis, were killed.

Saeed was individually designated by the UN under the Security Council Resolution 1267 in December, 2008.

With inputs from PTI

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