Hafiz Saeed’s remarks on US: Won’t dignify a terrorist’s comments, Pakistan must act on terror, says State Dept

US: Pakistan must take steps to shut down access to areas inside their borders to terrorists.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2016 1:14 pm
US State Department spokesman John Kirby. US State Department spokesman John Kirby said US would continue to work with Pakistan. (Source: File Photo)

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.

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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.”

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  1. N
    Oct 13, 2016 at 4:02 am
    Stick to consistent message of stan, terror, isis, jihad 24x7 so that isolation strategies works.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Next step lobby members of important senate committees like foreign affairs, appropriations which controls the lever of financial aid to stan.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Highlight in US media like NYT, WSJ that stan is using US aid to kill and fill body bags with US soldiers in Afganistan.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It's a fact but American public does know and thus not enraged. Once this message gets out committee members themselves will act against stan funding.
    1. R
      Rafi Ahmed
      Oct 13, 2016 at 7:56 am
      I Dont know in which planet US is living. US is the incubator of international terrorists and Pak is its local franchise. The w world knows this. Earlier the US comes out of this ostrich mentality is better for itself and the world. We know how dignified US is if we follow their republican presidential nominee Mr. Trump. So kindly stop sermons and respect others freedom before the w world start showing you the mirror the way phillipines president did.
    2. J
      Oct 13, 2016 at 5:11 am
      why you people are against hafiz . he doesn't attack women , childeren ,innocent people but the indian army . the army wich is attacking children,women and innocent peoples
      1. D
        Oct 13, 2016 at 6:05 am
        stan will be divided into 4 pieces.lt;br/gt;insha allah.lt;br/gt;....�lt;br/gt;allah ki yahi marzi hai hai..lt;br/gt;Ameen..lt;br/gt;''''''''
        1. J
          Oct 13, 2016 at 6:31 am
          American money and chinese encouragement have become the worst enemy of stan. lt;br/gt;It is not winter yet, but the army is shiwering in cold. Somebody asked Raheel - Why is your pant - aage se geeli aur peeche se peeli
          1. J
            Oct 13, 2016 at 6:26 am
            stan-China-north korea, and turkey will form a new regional group to take on the rest of the world. By new year these countries will launch Terror Dhamaaka!!!
            1. L
              l s
              Oct 13, 2016 at 4:17 am
              It's the U S money and support that has propped up terrorists like these. lt;br/gt;Still, Obama is favoring to give more and more money to the s. Is it because he is half muslim ???lt;br/gt;U S is doing this repeatedly in many countries. They started in Afghanistan and ran away.lt;br/gt;Clear that U S is supporter of terrorism and the s.
              1. M
                Oct 13, 2016 at 5:15 am
                Government of USA is different from the Indian Media. Here USA is showing our Media how to handle wild statements made by wild people.
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