Shocker for India: Pak claims Saeed not on list of terrorists handed over by US
In a major shocker at least for India-United States relations, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif revealed that list of 75 terrorists handed over by US to Pakistan does not include name of Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of Mumbai attack mastermind and also chief of banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD).
Saeed, who carries a USD 10 million bounty on his head for his role in terror activities, has been under house arrest in Pakistan since January this year.
Asif told senators during a session of the parliament’s upper house that the US has “handed over a list of 75 militants while we gave them a list of around 100 terrorists.” The list was passed on during the maiden visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Pakistan yesterday.
“The Haqqani network is on the top of the (US) list but none of the militants are Pakistanis,” Asif told senators.
The JuD is the front for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror outfit which is responsible for numerous terror attacks in India, including the Mumbai terror strike of 2008.
The Afghan-based Haqqani network has carried out a number of kidnappings and attacks against US interests in Afghanistan. The group is also blamed for several attacks against Indian interests in Afghanistan, including the 2008 bombing of the Indian mission in Kabul that killed 58 people.
The US, Asif said, had made a habit of handing over lists of wanted people to Pakistan, which traded them for favours Â– a matter that needed to be debated.
He said the US had been told that Pakistan no longer had influence over the Afghan Taliban as it did in the past.