Why can’t Pakistan take action against Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, asks Pak newspaper

The editorial titled 'How to Lose Friends And Alienate People' said the government and the military instead of taking actions against Azhar and Saeed was lecturing the press.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: October 13, 2016 12:25 pm
Masood Azhar, Jaish e muhammed, Hafiz Saeed, Pakistan, Cyril almeida Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar

A leading Pakistani daily on Wednesday asked the civilian and military establishment why action against JeM chief Masood Azhar and JuD’s Hafiz Saeed was “danger” to the country’s national security. The strong editorial in The Nation, considered close to the government and military establishment, came as a prominent journalist, Cyril Almeida, of Dawn was banned from leaving Pakistan because of his front-page report on a rift between the military and the civilian government over the military’s covert support to militant groups like the Haqqani network, Taliban and the LeT.

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The editorial titled ‘How to Lose Friends And Alienate People’ said the government and the military instead of taking actions against Azhar and Saeed was lecturing the press. Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leader and Pathankot terror attack mastermind Azhar and Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, roam freely in Pakistan and are believed to have the protection of the military.

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The daily said in its editorial that it was a “disturbing day when civilian and military top leadership meet to lecture the media on how to do their job.” “Apparently a barrage of online abuse, and three official denials were not enough to assuage tempers riled after Mr Almeida’s exclusive story in Dawn, detailing an unusual exchange between the very same civilian and military top brass that yesterday issued forth a statement on the violation of ‘universally acknowledged principles of reporting on national security issues’, the editorial said.

“The report by Mr Almeida has been called ‘fabricated’, and ‘speculative reporting’. But the government and military top brass in yesterday’s meeting delivered no explanation for why government MNA’s are protesting the visible presence of banned outfits in Pakistan. Or why possible action against Masood Azhar, or Hafiz Saeed is a danger to ‘national security’. Or why Pakistan faces increasing isolation? We’re all ears.”

“Instead, how dare the government and military top brass lecture the press on how to do their job. How dare they treat a feted reporter like a criminal. And how dare they imply that they have either the right or the ability or the monopoly to declare what Pakistan’s ‘national interest’ is,” it said.

“And for Mr Almeida, nothing but solidarity. More power to you, and to your pen. The press stands with you,” it added. In an editorial, Dawn said it continues to stand-by Almeida’s story and has rejected allegations of “vested interest and false reporting”. The Karachi Press Club has also demanded that the travel ban on Almeida be lifted.

Almeida, a columnist for Dawn, yesterday said he has been put on Exit Control List – a border control system maintained by Pakistan government which allows it to bar people whose names appear on the list from leaving the country.

He had reported that leading civilian officials had warned the powerful army to renounce its covert support to militants like the Haqqani network, Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba – or face international isolation.

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    Binoi
    Oct 12, 2016 at 2:09 pm
    Simple because while BUTCHER IS A PM OF INDIA...
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      Romik
      Oct 12, 2016 at 8:21 pm
      Long live Balochistan; Karcchi independant State and Sindhu desh!
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        almahe
        Oct 12, 2016 at 4:26 pm
        all must get freedom, i do not support stan neither china and india my friend
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          almahe
          Oct 12, 2016 at 3:16 pm
          just as simple question to all two face indians supporters of hardline hindu government and its corrupted media, are not these few jihadi groups fighting the despotic Gau Mata ki jai indian army. the army who are committing the atrocities against the innocent kashmiris just for demanding freedom, and its hardline hindu government supporters killing other innocent muslims just allegedly blaming them for consuming beef. why indian government and as the hindu majority people think the groups that are fighting GAU MATA KI JAI hindu army are terrorists. i do not understand this simple fact
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            i
            Oct 12, 2016 at 5:45 pm
            I want all you pigs to drill into empty brains that Kasmir will forever be Indian and there is nothing YOU or your ZILLION generations can ado about it.....you pigs will visit kashmir onlt to take your last breath.
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              i
              Oct 12, 2016 at 5:46 pm
              Piggistanis have nothing better to do....thats why...they are honestly following the murder manual hadith.
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                i
                Oct 12, 2016 at 5:43 pm
                You're a bigoted jihadi pig, a product of murderous cult started by another schizophrenic pscopathic bigot
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                  Jawhar
                  Oct 12, 2016 at 2:14 pm
                  Action can be taken against jinnah if he was alive, but Raheel will not take action against azhar masood, and saeed hafiz because these are domesticated terrorists. These terrorists are at par with Dawoood Ibrahim in status and attend meetings with Raheel.
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                    Jawhar
                    Oct 12, 2016 at 2:20 pm
                    Almeida , well done. You deserve respect from all the Indians also - not because you exposed the rift between military and government, but because you dared to check the establishment.lt;br/gt;We are little worried that stan may add another blasphemy charge against you to book in jail. Please be careful.lt;br/gt;Of course you have written many anti-india stories for which I dont like you. But today I support you. take care..
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                      Jawhar
                      Oct 12, 2016 at 3:47 pm
                      Pak-china-north-korea unholy trinity needs terrorist support to grow and flourish. Hakkani, LET, Jaish are the main key. foolish to even think that pak will take action against its domesticated terrorists
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                        Jayesh
                        Oct 12, 2016 at 2:39 pm
                        It is nothing but an eyewash. What actions have been taken by stan? Have you heard their statements at UN convention for nuclear disarmament? No change in stan. They still believe Burhan Wani is a hero ...... that is only reason why Cyril is villain in that country
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                          Jayesh
                          Oct 12, 2016 at 2:32 pm
                          Let's not fool ourselves that stan shall change ever. Ignore the news, since there are no actions which are taken.lt;br/gt;stan is getting isolated hence such news or for "eyes only".lt;br/gt;We should wait for actions and results ....
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                            Manu USA
                            Oct 12, 2016 at 2:05 pm
                            stan has lot of hungry people in the world. Check Dawn news.lt;br/gt;stan needs to feed people, not support terrorists.
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                              M.P.Rao
                              Oct 12, 2016 at 5:05 pm
                              The cat is out of the bag whether stani authorities accept or not.
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                                Murthy Psr
                                Oct 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm
                                Masood Azhar and Hafiz Saeed are neither elected representatives nor hold position in army ! Why they are protected in stan despite UN Pressure and what made China to offer support in UN Security Council are surprises !
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                                  Pagrri Sanbhaal
                                  Oct 12, 2016 at 3:06 pm
                                  You know what.We stanis do not support or like these Azhars and Jem or ilks but since we know that India is against our existence and we have decades long experience of Indian animosity we therfore see these non state actors as friends as enemy's enemy is friend.If India stops playing bully,which is a remorse possibility,we will shrug them off.The problem lies in the Indian mindsetdia is behind all the terror activities in Baluchistan thru BLA and in karachi thru MQM.When you ppl decry that Pak is fomenting terror in India I laugh loudly on your innocence or duplicity you may call.What is Barhamdagh or Altaf hussain to you is Hafiz or Azhar for us.Simple maths.Stop spreading terror in Pak and be saved from pak terror pawns.But if you keep playing your tactics and expect friendly and submisive postures from Pak thats not possible.Who was Gulbashan Yadev? What is your Jalalabad consulate doing? Who trained MQM terrorists at the outskirts of Bombay and Pune to unleash the terror in karachi?Who is brainwashing the already brainless Afghans?We may look like fools but we are not as fools as you deem us.lt;br/gt;Morale:Stop destabilizing us and then expect us to not destabilize you.
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                                    Pagrri Sanbhaal
                                    Oct 12, 2016 at 5:29 pm
                                    So now it depends upon 'who should stop fomenting terror first?'did i get you correctly? Dr.
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                                      Pagrri Sanbhaal
                                      Oct 12, 2016 at 6:44 pm
                                      So your arguement suggests that since we are not supporting muslims of Xinjiang and Baluchistan we therefore should also leave Kashmiris. My answar is : Xinjiang or Baluchistan are not forcibily occupied nor the people there have undergone endless curfew.Besides life is normal there.It is your media who is projecting otherwise.
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                                        Pagrri Sanbhaal
                                        Oct 12, 2016 at 6:27 pm
                                        Useless to argue with you my friend..wastage of time.
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                                          Pagrri Sanbhaal
                                          Oct 12, 2016 at 5:25 pm
                                          Who is Masod Azhar or Hafiz Saeed or Daud? All are conpiracy theories.(your arguement).
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                                            Pagrri Sanbhaal
                                            Oct 12, 2016 at 3:23 pm
                                            spot on.Here nobody wants to hear the truth.
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