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Hafiz Saeed can pose a serious threat to our nation, says Pakistani Defence Minister

"Saeed can pose a serious threat to the society," Asif told the audience at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, The Nation reported.

By: PTI | Lahore | Updated: February 21, 2017 7:09 pm
Hafiz Saeed, Hafiz saeed in Pakistan, Pakistan news, India and Pakistan news, India and Pakistan realations, Hafiz saeed for Pakistan, Pakistan and Hafiz Saeed news, latest news, International news, World news, Latest news Khawaja Asif said: “Terrorism is not synonymous to any religion. Terrorists aren’t Christians or Muslims or Buddhists or Hindus. They are terrorists, they are criminals.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Pakistan has said Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, who has been listed under an anti-terrorism law, can pose a “serious threat” to the nation, and was thus placed under house arrest in the country’s “larger interest”. The acknowledgement of the danger the Mumbai attacks mastermind poses came from Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif during an international security conference in Munich, Germany.

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“Saeed can pose a serious threat to the society,” Asif told the audience at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, The Nation reported. Saeed was “arrested in the larger interest of the country”, he added, according to the report.

Saeed was placed under house arrest under the fourth schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) on January 30 in Lahore, provoking an uproar from his party and allies. Saeed’s inclusion in the list shows he is linked with militancy in some way. Saeed was earlier this month put on the Exit Control List, barring him from leaving the country.

During a panel discussion on countering extremism and terrorism, Asif said: “Terrorism is not synonymous to any religion. Terrorists aren’t Christians or Muslims or Buddhists or Hindus. They are terrorists, they are criminals.”

The action against Saeed was taken after Pakistan was hit by at least eight terror attacks this month in which more than 100 people died, the latest being a suicide bombing on a famed Sufi shrine in Sindh province that claimed 88 lives.

Saeed was also put under house arrest after the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008 in which 166 people died, but he was freed by a court in 2009. He carries a reward of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities.

In a statement critical of the American policies, Asif said Pakistan is determined to fight terrorism: “Let me assure the world community that Pakistan is a frontline state in this war and it will continue to fulfil its obligations to its own people and the international community but if the West’s policies are going to be isolationist it won’t help the fight against terrorism, only fuel it.”

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    Cleanermirror
    Feb 21, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    Deception. stan is againot practicing Taqiya - a special trait of Islam following people. Taqiya= deception , lie, defraud, kill, violence is permitted and justified and encouraged and exhort by Quran to save oneself from KafiRd or non-Muslims. Was this minister blind, deaf, brain dead while nurturing and using this Allah following Saeed piece of garbage for more than twenty years. This minister has 20 million terrorist in his bag and those that are yet to be born. He himself is terrorist unfit to be in human company and must be destro.
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      Dr.Damodar Biswal
      Feb 21, 2017 at 6:47 am
      China should take note of it.
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        Jayz
        Feb 22, 2017 at 12:30 am
        Last two lines
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          Darshak
          Feb 21, 2017 at 10:28 am
          It´s Directed towards the West in General and USA in Particular, asking for forgiveness for Nuclear threat to Israel. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Meeting in Munich but with USA flag on the right side.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It´s a Puzzle the World Needs to Deal with: The Puzzle
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            R. Iyer
            Feb 21, 2017 at 12:17 pm
            Awful reporting. Look at this sentence, clipped from the above report; " He carries a reward of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities"lt;br/gt;The impression conve is that he has been rewarded USD 10m for his role in terror activities.
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