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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    Neil
    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.
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      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.
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        jawwad
        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
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          DD
          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;''''''''
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            Jawhar
            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
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              Jawhar
              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!!!
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                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.
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                  Murthy
                  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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                    Milind
                    Oct 13, 2016 at 6:22 am
                    So you agree to attack indian army who saves your life in floods of water and blood? Shame Shame!!
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                      Manas Sarkar
                      Oct 13, 2016 at 6:45 am
                      Hafiz comment shows that UN is a mockery, and US double standard on terrorism.
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                        Tejal Dixit
                        Oct 13, 2016 at 8:50 am
                        it is no stroke of genius that the w world KNOWS that us is the terrorist country. however to take it a step further the us itself knows that the rest of the world knows that. It is using terrosrism as a shield against itself.Also by involving Asia in all kinds of terrorism in an attempt to bind it within itself. however, it is on the downgrade and with time it is not able to stop the tide from turning. it is maniting the ISIS TOO. STILL,itcannot stop its own reckless ways. they will bring about their own DOOM..
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                          Vivek narain
                          Oct 13, 2016 at 4:34 am
                          North India is the surviving outpost of archaic pagan caucasian Europe,established to contain the mongoloid behemoth China.With the aid of brilliant dravidians of south India has managed to deliver more than what was expected even on the face of additional adversity in the form of islamic zealots.
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                            Nitish Nitish
                            Oct 13, 2016 at 9:45 am
                            Sab ke sab stani Hafiz ki paidaish hai.stanis support and breed likes of hafiz saeed..stan home for terror denizens
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                              Vihari Naidu
                              Oct 13, 2016 at 5:55 am
                              stan army is now confused and this confusion is reflecting in the statement of the terrorists used by the stani army too.
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                                Vihari Naidu
                                Oct 13, 2016 at 5:52 am
                                Stop reading stupid books and get some education first. 1.Police look after the law and order and not the army. 2.Again i repeat, get some decent education.
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                                  fhash
                                  Oct 13, 2016 at 6:37 am
                                  this is all US programmed dialogues .. US tells Sharif after meeting that go and criticize us . . . then US tells pak army to maksure they highlight the hafiz's statements to show that US is not at all cooperating with a single dollar . . reality this is all publicity stunt of US. It shows its true picture at UN and by aiding the guns . . . . . pak needs customers .. . it has to satisfy its it ch either by anybody's fingers either US . Chi na . Rus s ia .
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                                    balus
                                    Oct 13, 2016 at 6:37 am
                                    India should create a new portfolio, new secretariat, new army wing to counter terrorism, frequent surgical strikes, eliminate the terrorists inside Pak border, support Baloch, PoK freedom fighters, and a cyber army to hack all the terrorist networks as well as those who support terrorism. Patriotic Muslims can be appointed for spy works in stan and POK, Balochistan and Sindh to eliminate terror networks. The cost involved may be miniscule comparing the damages/ deaths caused by the terrorists.
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                                      Mano
                                      Oct 13, 2016 at 5:54 am
                                      Hafiz believes in wasting lives of youths. EVen madarsas may not be teaching violence beacuse those ancient schools. But these guys like Hafiz would go and brainwash the fasting-youths in madarasas with their viewpoint of encouraging sacrifice and noors waiting for them in jannat. This has become their strength, that is of wasting the lives of youths. Allah is not going to forgive these guys like hafiz or other recruiters. Any religion would go tabah with systematic ruin of the youths, and no religion is going to flourish only on more love and selfies in nice malls by husbands and wifes. So this is problem is nothing to do with allah. Their m fasting by the youths becomes the time for harvest for these recruiters like hafiz. Allah doesn't care about the m fasting, if you guys can't care for your youths.
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                                        siriyaar
                                        Oct 13, 2016 at 5:38 am
                                        Your mind is terror , care full you may be become sucide bomb atleast you will get killed in it. Please change your mind set to live long.
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                                          Maya
                                          Oct 13, 2016 at 9:44 am
                                          He could have used his girlfriend Barking Datt's freedom of press and power of pen to voice his comments. Ha ha! She would have been more than happy to please him.
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                                            S.VISWANATHAN
                                            Oct 13, 2016 at 7:24 am
                                            It is the right tie to expose terrorist territory of comments.
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