Hafiz Saeed speech invites Indian govt’s ire, strong protest registered

Updated on Feb 08, 2019 11:39 PM IST

The external affairs ministry registered the protest through a note verbale – an informal, unsigned form of diplomatic correspondence – that was sent to the Pakistan high commission in New Delhi on February 6.

Hafiz Saeed, founder of Pakistani religious group Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, during a rally in Lahore, Pakistan.(AP File Photo)
Hafiz Saeed, founder of Pakistani religious group Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, during a rally in Lahore, Pakistan.(AP File Photo)

India has registered a strong protest with Islamabad over a speech by Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day that advocated terror and violence against India, people familiar with developments said on Friday.

The external affairs ministry registered the protest through a note verbale – an informal, unsigned form of diplomatic correspondence – that was sent to the Pakistan high commission in New Delhi on February 6.

It referred to Pakistani media reports of a speech by Saeed, who was described as a UN-designated terrorist and head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, on February 5 that advocated “terror and violence against India”, people quoted above said.

Registering a strong protest at the “continued use of Pakistan-controlled territory by extremist and terrorist elements to freely propagate and promote violence and terror against India”, the note asked Pakistan to abide by its international obligations and bilateral commitment to “not allow any territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India, in any manner”, the people said.

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