April 3rd, 2012
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US is frustrated:Hafiz Mohammad Saeed

Islamabad: Responding to the bounty sum hanging on his head, Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed said Washington was “frustrated” with him for his countrywide protests against the resumption of NATO supplies and drone strikes. “We are not hiding in caves for bounties to be set on finding us.

I think the US is frustrated because we are taking out countrywide protests against the resumption of NATO supplies and drone strikes,” the LeT founder told Al Jazeera. “I believe either the U.S. has very little knowledge and is basing its decisions on wrong information being provided by India or they are just frustrated,” he added.

Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik said he is yet to receive any official intimation from the U.S. and noted that Saeed had been put under house arrest but was given bail by the Supreme Court. “We should have been taken into confidence as to what has happened,” he said when asked about the U.S. putting a reward on Saeed’s head.

he US has announced a reward of $10 million for the capture or information leading to the capture of the outlawed Pakistan based Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed- the man believed to be the mastermind behind the 26/11 terror attacks. This has added pressure on the Pakistan government to act. US Under-Secretary of Political Affairs Wendy Sherman conveyed this information during her talks with National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon.

“India welcomes U.S. notification under the Rewards for Justice Programme. (It) sends a strong signal to LeT as also its members and patrons that the international community remains united in combating terrorism,” MEA Official Spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said.

Saeed who is the the chief of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the founder of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba,Saeed is on India’s most wanted list. He is alleged to be the brain behind the 26/11 attacks that left 166 people dead. India since then had asked Pakistan to hand him over. He was named a global terrorist in 2008. But he roams free in Pakistan, often holding big anti-India rallies.

India has repeatedly sought his arrest, but Pakistan has each time sought “actionable” and “substantive” evidence against him before it can act. Hafiz Saeed is believed to be a powerful figure in Pakistan and allegedly has close links with the army and the ISI. Ministers have been seen at public rallies that he has held in the Pakistan capital of Islamabad.


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