Pak yields under int’l pressure; accepts Hafiz Saeed, LeT to be a liability

Pakistan appears to have yielded under international pressure

Pakistan appears to have yielded under international pressure as country’s foreign minister Khwaja Asif accepted Hafiz Saeed and Lashkar-e Taiba to be liability for his country.  “You mentioned a name. It’s a proscribed organisation. The gentleman’s under house arrest. But I agree with you that on that score we have to do more. We have to do more. There are people in Pakistan who can be a liability in times of crisis for Pakistan and (for) the region. I don’t disagree with that,” said Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif at a Q&A session at the Asia Society in New York, referring to Saeed, who masterminded the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai.

Asif also acknowledged that Pakistan has to continue its efforts in dismantling terrorism and elements of extremism but added that it needs time and “assets” to do the job.

“Saeed, LeT, they are a liability, I accept it, but give us time to get rid of them, we don’t have the assets to deal with these liabilities,” said Asif.

31 May 2020, 10:40 AM (GMT)

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