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Hafiz Saeed may have to wait for new ombudsperson to strike him off UN list

The Mumbai attack mastermind was designated as a global terrorist by a Security Council's Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee on Dec 10, 2008

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed waves on his arrival to a court in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo: AP|PTI)
Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed waves on his arrival to a court in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo: AP|PTI)

Mumbai attack mastermind may have to wait for the appointment of a new to hear his petition to remove his name from the UN's list of designated terrorists.

Saeed was designated as a global terrorist by a Security Council's Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee on December 10, 2008. The US too has designated him as a global terrorist and has announced a reward of $10 million for information leading to his arrest and conviction.


Saeed's Lahore-based attorney has said that the Jammat-ud-Dawa leader has filed a petition in the seeking removal of his name from the list of designated terrorists on the ground that none of the allegations against him has been proved in the Pakistani courts.

Saeed's petition to delist him from the list of designated terrorists might be put on hold.

The request to delist a person from the list of designated terrorists are considered by an independent ombudsperson, which based on its investigations recommends to the delisting of a designated terrorist by the

The post of has been lying vacant since August 7 this year when Catherine Marchi-Uhel left office.

The new has not yet been appointed.

The Office of the remains operational and accepts new delisting requests during the transition period, says a statement on the website.

A number of phone calls to the office of Ombudsman and emails sent by Press Trust of India were unanswered.

The Office of the of the Security Councils 1267 Committee says that there is currently one case pending with the Committee, besides that of Saeed.

was designated as a terrorist organisation by the on May 2, 2005.

India has repeatedly asked Pakistan to re-investigate the Mumbai terror attack case and also demanded the trial of Saeed and Lakhvi in the light of the evidence it had provided to Islamabad.

India had expressed outrage over the decision of the judicial board to release Saeed, calling it an attempt by Pakistan to mainstream proscribed terrorists and a reflection of its continuing support to non-state actors.

The is believed to be the front organisation for the banned which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai terror attack in 2008.

Saeed, who is accused of having masterminded the November 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, was placed on the terrorism blacklist by the United Nations under Resolution 1267 in December 2008.

Saeed was put under house arrest after the Mumbai attack but he was freed by a court in 2009.

First Published: Wed, November 29 2017. 15:35 IST
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