UN panel chief calls JuD chief Hafiz Saeed `sahib`, irked India seeks clarification

Hafiz Saeed

New Delhi, Dec 22: India is likely to seek a clarification over a UN Security Council panel referring to 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed as ‘sahib’.

According to reports, the Chair of UN Security Council Committee on last Wednesday (December 17) had referred to Hafiz Saeed as ‘sahib’ in a communication.

Irked over it, India will seek a clarification on the issue from the world body.

Gary Quilan, the Chair of UN Security Council Committee, reportedly made the reference to Saeed in the communication on information regarding banned terror organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Saeed, the founder of LeT.

It may be noted that the UN had declared the JuD a terrorist organisation in December 2008. Saeed himself is a UN-designated terrorist.

The resolution entails freezing of funds and other financial assets or economic resources of designated individuals and entities, and prevention of entry into or transit through their territories by designated individuals.

The United States had also slapped a $10 million bounty on Saeed and his brother-in-law in April 2003, but Saeed roams free in Pakistan and often addresses public rallies in which he routinely makes inflammatory statements, especially against India.

In September, Pakistan high commissioner to India Abdul Basit had said: “Hafiz Saeed is a Pakistani national so he is free to roam around”, triggering a sharp reponse from India which termed the JuD chief an ‘evil’ mastermind of the 26/11 attacks.

Earlier this month, Saeed held a party convention in the heart of Lahore with the government’s help and warned “the battle of Indian subcontinent is inevitable”.

Saeed reportedly stated that his organisation would continue to “help their Kashmiri brethren on the other side of the border”.

(With Agency Inputs)


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