India on Thursday asked Pakistan to “rein in” JuD chief Hafiz Saeed after voicing “grave concern” over his activities in that country. This came a day after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind warned of more Pathankot-style attacks in India.
“Hafiz Saeed is globally-designated international terrorist. His claim that his many front organisations are carrying out charitable work is not even a fig leaf. He indulges in terrorist activities and terrorist financing. It should be a matter of grave concern to everyone that terrorists like Saeed and his associates continues to enjoy the freedom to indulge in their activities (in Pakistan),” said External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
Addressing a rally on Wednesday, Saeed had said, “Indian troops are committing genocide on Kashmiris. Don’t they have a right to carry out Pathankot-style attacks for their defence?… You have only seen one attack on Pathankot. Matters could easily escalate.” Asserting that it was “up to Pakistan to rein in Saeed”, he noted that Pakistan had imposed a ban last year on the media coverage of militant groups like the JuD and LeT but contrary to that ban, the electronic media was showing Saeed’s speeches.