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If Hafiz Saeed is ‘saheb’ for a PM, what proof can one supply to Pakistan, says Ram Madhav

"We won't decide our nation's strategy on basis of what Pakistan says. We consider Hafiz Saeed a terrorist," MoS for Home Hansraj Ahir said in response to a statement by Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 17, 2018 8:04 pm
There's no case against Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan, says Pak PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Pakistan PM said in an interview there was no case registered against Hafiz Saeed in Islamabad. (File Photo)

India saw red after Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said in an interview that there was no case against 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, with Minister of State (MoS) for Home Hansraj Ahir asserting that the government won’t decide its strategy on basis of what Islamabad proclaimed.

Ahir said India considered Saeed a terrorist and would take action against the Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief even if Pakistan backed out. “We won’t decide our nation’s strategy on basis of what Pakistan says. We consider Hafiz Saeed a terrorist. It will be good if Pakistan government takes action but even if they don’t, we will,” Ahir said.

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The strong response from India came after Geo TV aired an interview of the Pakistan PM, in which he said there was no case registered against Saeed in Islamabad and so no action could be initiated against him. “There is no case against Hafiz Saeed saheb in Pakistan, if there were a case, action would have been taken. Action is taken when there is a case registered (against someone),” Abbasi said.

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav minced no words as he accused Pakistan of turning a blind eye towards terror activities of Saeed. “Plenty of evidence against terror activities of Hafiz Saeed have been collected by countries. It’s all available with Pakistan government, but they want to turn a blind eye. For a PM for whom Hafiz Saeed is ‘saheb’, what evidence can anyone supply to him,” Madhav said.

New Delhi has time and again asked Islamabad to take action against Saeed, who is claimed to be the mastermind of 26/11 attack in Mumbai in which 166 people were killed. The US has designated Saeed as a global terrorist and has put a bounty of $10 million on his head, besides suspending $2 billion in military aid to Pakistan. With his name also on the UN terror list, Saeed has also recently petitioned the global body seeking removal of his name since none of the allegations against him – either related to terrorism or otherwise – has been proved in the Pakistani courts.

After his release on November 24, the LeT founder had confirmed that JuD would contest the 2018 general elections in Pakistan under the banner of the Milli Muslim League (MML), which is yet to be registered with the Election Commission. The Pakistan government recently prohibited Saeed’s JuD and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) from collecting donations.

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  1. abhi Kazoo
    Jan 18, 2018 at 12:15 am
    what kind of argument is that? I am with you on this terrorist...but so also our PM was seen with MSG sikh guru and rapist Baba asaram...so what to expect of that he was even flying kites with Salman Khan so...what is your point? provide unrefutable evidence in international court..cannot get back Nadeem of Nadeem Shravan or Vijay Mallya..or Dawood why speak of things that prove nothing but only ad bytes to the media?
    1. Mohammed Sohail
      Jan 17, 2018 at 10:30 pm
      What patanjali ayurveda products have profe? This baba was telling and earn the money by selling CD's of yoga. telling health is with yoga. Know selling cow and others medicine which do not have scientific prode
      1. Chinta Ram
        Jan 17, 2018 at 9:34 pm
        We also have a 'saheb' in India who is equally murderous...but he is our PM now...such as shame!!
        1. Amjad Miandad
          Jan 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm
          The Truth is if Hafiz Saeed really is an accused why won't India provide evidence. No one on earth could be declared an accused just on one sided allegations without any proper just based on likes and dislikes only due to Hafiz Saeed's moto and involvement in supporting and backing up of Kashmir Freedom Movement. If just allegations can do it then hand Modi for his crimes first as we all Pakistani's including hundred of millions of Indians consider him for the murder of thousands of Muslims in India.
          1. Srihari Sai
            Jan 17, 2018 at 9:21 pm
            Take care of minorities - shias, Hindus, Christians etc first in Pakistan before spewing venom here. The way things are goings there will not be any minorities in Pakistan in another 5 years...
            1. Chinta Ram
              Jan 17, 2018 at 9:35 pm
              We are equally ruthless if not ore against our minorities!
              1. Srihari Sai
                Jan 17, 2018 at 9:49 pm
                Mr. Chinta Ram - Do some chinta before commenting here. Do you know the percentage of minorities in Pakistan before independence? At the time of par ion it was 23 and as per 2013 figures its pathetic 3 and decreasing and you have the balls to compare the situation in India. We also know the situation of Hindus in Kashmir - oh wait there are none left!!!!
              2. Chinta Ram
                Jan 17, 2018 at 9:40 pm
                The more support Pakistan provides to these religious illiterates, the worse it is going to get for them...but its up to the people of Pakistan to decide whats good and whats bad for them? We, India, are going to suffer in long run as we have so many illustrates religious fundamentalist in powerful position including the PM and the CM of the UP...they are spreading venom in the society this has the potential to destroy the whole country...the beautiful country of Nehru and Gandhi is under threat!!
                1. Venkat Pokkunuri
                  Jan 17, 2018 at 10:14 pm
                  just wait the evidence will be provided soon in the form of his death just a matter of time we dont waste time on talking about terrorists simple kill and throw their bodies to sharks
                  1. abhi Kazoo
                    Jan 18, 2018 at 12:18 am
                    well spoken like a true modi bhakt...RSS educated