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Hafiz Saeed should be prosecuted: US

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [U.S.A.] 

Dismissing Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's latest remarks on attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, the made it clear that he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The Prime Minister, in a recent interview to Geo TV, said that there was no case registered against Saeed in and without it, action cannot be initiated against him.

At a press briefing, U.S. State Department on Thursday said, "So we've certainly seen the reports about this, that the has said that no case has been registered against this individual, "

She added, "Many of you may recall we talked about this a couple of weeks ago, about who this individual is. We regard him as a terrorist, a part of a foreign terrorist organisation. He was the mastermind, we believe, of the 2008 attacks which killed many people, including Americans as well."

Nauert stated that has conveyed its concern to as the U.S. believes Saeed should be prosecuted.

"The released him from house arrest not that long ago. We believe that he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," she said.

She further emphasised that Saeed is listed by the Security Council 1267, the for targetted sanctions due to his affiliation with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which is a designated foreign terrorist organisation.

"So I just want to remind people of that, of who this individual is, and make it clear that we have addressed our concerns with the Pakistani Government," she said.

In November 2017, the had claimed that has provided "no evidence" against Saeed on the basis of which he can be prosecuted.

"The court, a three-judge bench, has released him (Saeed) saying there are no charges against him, the country has a law you know," said Abbasi.

Saeed, the (JuD) chief, is also looking forward to contesting the 2018 in Pakistan and has, thereby, formed a party by the name of Milli (MML).

Pakistan has recently prohibited JuD and (FIF) from collecting donations.

Saeed was released from house arrest after a cited lack of evidence against him in the 26/11 attack case.

has, time and again, protested against Pakistan for harbouring Saeed, who is wanted for plotting the 2008 attack.

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First Published: Fri, January 19 2018. 09:25 IST