Hafiz Saeed Should be Prosecuted to Fullest Extent of Law

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He is the mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind, therefore mentioning that there is no case against Hafiz in Pakistan, has once again caught Pakistan and exposing its double standards on acting against terrorism.

Acknowledging that the U.S. has had some challenging times with the government of Pakistan recently, Nauert said the Trump Administration expects Pakistan to do a lot more to address terrorism issues. "We believe that he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law".

The designated terrorist should be "prosecuted to the fullest extent of law", Nauert said, responding to a question on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's decision to not prosecute Saeed.

He replied, "So we've certainly seen the reports about this, that the Pakistani Government has said that no case has been registered against this individual, Hafiz Saeed Sahib".

The spokesperson said the U.S. administration believes Saeed was the mastermind behind the terror attacks in Mumbai that killed many people, including Americans.

In May 2008, the US Department of the Treasury designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224.

Nauert rejected PM Abbasi's stance on the matter, saying: "We regard him as a terrorist, a part of a foreign terrorist organisation. He is listed by the UN Security Council 1267, the Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee for targeted sanctions due to his affiliation with Lashkar-e Taiba", she said. He said there was no case against him in Pakistan.

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Reacting strongly to Abbasi's comments, Nauert stated that Washington has conveyed its concern to Islamabad as the United States believes Saeed should be prosecuted.

Saeed was declared a global terrorist by the United States and UN over his alleged role in the Mumbai attacks. She did say that the United States government was expecting the Pakistani government to curb the terrorism in their state and outside too.

"That's something that we've been very clear about all along".

The White House has already clarified that there would be repercussions for US-Pakistan relations unless Islamabad takes action to detain and charge Saeed.

Moreover, US suspended security assistance to Pakistan accusing it of harbouring terrorists.

A Pakistani Urdu newspaper "Khabrain" recently sparked a row with its new year calendar.

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