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Pakistan just can’t find anything dodgy about Hafiz Saeed. Not even on Facebook.

india Updated: May 26, 2010 21:53 IST
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We think it’s quite funny that our good friends in Islamabad have found good reason to shut down Facebook, Twitter and BlackBerry services in Pakistan after finding blasphemous talk on the ether, while the same good friends couldn’t find anything dodgy about Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed to keep him under house arrest. Well, as far as threat perceptions go, Saeed hasn’t done or said anything untoward against Pakistan — his ire has been directed only against India. So, there was no lawful reason found to keep Saeed under arrest.

The thing is that India believes that Saeed was very much a player in the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Were the Pakistani authorities, who had kept Saeed under house arrest after pressure from India (read: America), serious about finding or presenting evidence linking the Islamicist leader to 26/11 attacks? We’re sure they were. Were they also sure about blasphemous utterings on the internet catalysing stable Pakistan to utter chaos? We’re sure they were.

Only if Mr Saeed makes some unsavoury remark against Islamabad and its partnership with Washington to flush out terrorists along the Pakistani-Afghan border. That way, we’re sure evidence against the man and his ever-morphing organisations will come tumbling out of the drawers into the sacred courtrooms