UN panel calls Hafiz Saeed 'sahib'; India objects
Perturbed over calling 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed as 'sahib' by a UN Security Council panel, India will seek a clarification on the issue from the world body.india Updated: Dec 22, 2014 14:27 IST
Perturbed over a UN Security Council panel referring to 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed as 'sahib', India will seek a clarification on the issue from the world body.
It is understood that the government wants a reply on the usage in the communication by Gary Quilan, the Chair of UN Security Council Committee, on last Wednesday (December 17).
Quinlan made the reference to Saeed in the communication on information regarding banned terror organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Saeed, the founder of LeT.
The United Nations had declared 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 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.
Pakistan high commissioner to India Abdul Basit had in September 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, known for his anti-India tirades, held a party convention in the heart of Lahore with the government's help and warned “the battle of Indian subcontinent is inevitable”.
Saeed said his organisation would continue to “help their Kashmiri brethren on the other side of the border”. He also vowed to take revenge against India for the role he said New Delhi played in Pakistan’s split in 1971.