The United States on Wednesday refused to respond to Jamaat-ul-Dawa terrorist Hafiz Saeed’s remarks on its ties with Pakistan, with State Department spokesperson John Kirby saying he will not dignify comments made by an avowed terrorist. Kirby’s remark comes a day after Saeed – chief of terror outfit JuD had reportedly said that US is the real enemy of Pakistan.
Saeed’s remarks were reported in India Today, where he is quoted as saying: “The US is after us to reduce the size of our army, to reduce our nuclear arsenal. They are doing this at our enemy’s behest.” Saeed also said Pakistan should start focusing on building a relation with India, adding that the United States would block any such effort.
In response, Kirby, at a daily press briefing, said: “I’m not going to dignify the comments of an avowed terrorist one way or the other. And we continue to work with Pakistan and continue to urge Pakistan to take steps to shut down access to areas inside their borders to terrorists, to terrorist individuals and to terrorist groups.”
When asked about whether the US State Dept had any concrete information on the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, of which Saeed was the mastermind, Kirby said: “I don’t. I would refer you to the Pakistani authorities on that. Obviously, as I’ve said before, we continue to want to see the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack brought to justice.”