IN LARGER IN­TER­EST Saeed can be ‘Se­ri­ous Threat’ to Pak: Min

De­fence min­is­ter Khawaza Asif makes first ad­mis­sion of JuD chief’s ter­ror­ism links

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Press Trust of In­dia

Is­lam­abad: Hafiz Saeed’s house ar­rest was in Pak­istan’s “larger in­ter­est” as he can pose a “se­ri­ous threat” to the coun­try, De­fence Min­is­ter Khawaza Asif has said in the first pub­lic ad­mis­sion of the JuD chief ’s ter­ror­ism links.

Asif ’s re­marks about the dan­ger posed by the mas­ter­mind of the 2008 Mumbai at­tacks - in which 166 peo­pledied-cameatan­in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity con­fer­ence in Mu­nich.

“Saeed can pose a se­ri­ous threat to the so­ci­ety,” Asif told the au­di­ence at the Mu­nich Se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence on Sun­day, The Na­tion re­ported.

Saeed was “ar­rested in the larger in­ter­est of the coun­try”, he added.

Saeed was placed un­der house ar­rest un­der the fourth sched­ule of the Anti-Ter­ror­ism Act (ATA) on Jan­uary30in­La­hore,pro­vokingan up­roar from his party and al­lies. Saeed’s in­clu­sion in the list shows he is linked with mil­i­tancy in some way. Saeed was ear­lier this month pu­ton­theEx­itCon­trolList,bar­ring him from leav­ing the coun­try.

Saeed­wasal­sop­utun­der­house­ar­rest af­ter the Mumbai at­tacks in Novem­ber 2008, but he was freed by a court in 2009.

He car­ries a re­ward of $10 mil­lion an­nounced by the US for his role in ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties. Dur­ing a panel dis­cus­sion on coun­ter­ing ex­trem­ism and t e r r o r i s m, As i f said: “Ter­ror­ism is not syn­ony­mous to any re­li­gion. Ter­ror­ists aren’t Chri s t i a n s o r Musl i ms o r Bud­dhists or Hin­dus.”

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