Sharif gave no assurances on 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to Obama

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave “no assurance” to US President Barack Obama.

Published: November 2, 2013 1:47:00 am

Washington: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave “no assurance” to US President Barack Obama when he was virtually grilled by his host for not taking action against the 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed.

After his meeting with Obama at the White House on October 23 and before he flew out of the Andrews Air Force Base,Sharif is understood to have told his close aides that he “stood his ground” and “did not budge under pressure” on the issue of Saeed,sources said.

Another source,familiar with Sharif’s meetings,said the Obama administration is aware of the difficulties the new prime minister is facing with regard to taking strong action against terrorists like Saeed given their close proximity with the military establishment. PTI

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