Jamaat-ud -Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has filed a petition in United Nations to remove him from the list of designated terrorists, days after Pakistani authorities released him from nearly a year-long house arrest on the orders of a judicial review board.
Saeed, who has a $10 million US bounty on his head, was individually designated by the UN under the Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008 for his alleged role in the killing of over 160 people in Mumbai in 2008.
Saeed’s spokesperson, Nadeem Awan, confirmed to The Express Tribune that the petition has been filed on behalf of the JuD chief by Pakistan’s Supreme Court Advocate Navid Rasul Mirza.
“We were working on this petition since a long time and it was filed to the UN while Hafiz Saeed was still under house arrest,” Awan told the Pakistani newspaper.
According to the UNSC’s sanctions committee, Saeed is “proscribed for being associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba and Al-Qaeda for participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts of activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf or in support of both entities.”
In January, Pakistan government had placed Saeed under house arrest for his activities to ‘harm peace and security’. His arrest was extended in April and then again in August before being lifted in November.
Saeed was released a day ahead of the 9th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, leaving India and the US fuming, after the Judicial Review Board of Pakistan’s Punjab province rejected a government plea to extend his detention for another three months.
The US sought immediate re- arrest of Saaed, warning Islamabad that there would be repercussions for bilateral ties if it fails to act.
India accused Pakistan of trying to “mainstream proscribed terrorists. Pakistan has not changed its policy of shielding and supporting non-state actors and its true face is visible for all to see.”
Saeed has repeatedly denied his involvement in the Mumbai attacks and said he is being punished by India and US for “fighting the case of Kashmiris.”